This peak is named after an Iroquois guide that lead the Paliser expedition through the Athabasca valley in the days of the fur trade. It has been rumored the name “Tekarra” loosely translated as “Light Dancing on Water”. So when you look on the water and see the shimmering light, you can say you saw Tekarra.
A great peak to summit on a cool day. The photos we took on this particular day was hot and dry, lucky we found a nice little source of water for our adventure.
This is an all day adventure, take lots of water.
Access: From Jasper head towards Maligne Lake road, Just prior to Maligne Canyon Parking: Yes
Trailhead: From the start of Signal Mountain / Skyline just before Maigne Canyon
Many places to go Ice climbing like, Maligne canyon, Edge of the world, Two Valley, Iron Curtain, Melt Out… So many more, get the scoop from the local outdoor stores to find these spots out.
Frozen Beauty & Adrenaline Rush
Some people come out to Jasper to look at the frozen beauty of the park’s waterways in the winter. Others see an adrenaline-pumping climb up an icy canyon as a great way to spend a winter afternoon in Jasper.
Ice Climbing is for All Ages, Young & Old
Ice climbing has grown in popularity in recent years along with summer climbing, where most ice climbers start out. There are some guides that can take you out, so if you don’t have any experience, hire a guide!
Jasper’s Climbing Hot Spots
Jasper hot-spots for ice climbs include Maligne Canyon and the famous “Weeping Wall” on the Icefields Parkway south of Saskatchewan River Crossing. Guiding is also available and recommended: Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG).
You start this trail just across the Maligne Canyon Hostel facing south east. Find the trail close to the drainage that leads you uphill. You will be in the trees for the most of this trip. When you get higher in elevation, you will come across a old burn area.
This hike takes a full day to complete. So give yourself 8hrs and then some RnR the next day.
After treeline, you will have to do a little bit of scrambling to reach the summit. This is where, everyone wonders if they are on the forehead or on the nose. Try to guess yourself and tell me. There is a little cave that can fit two if the weather gets bad.
This Mountain is also called OLDMANMOUNTAIN. Sometimes I wonder if it was named because the shape of the face when you look at it from the valley or because we are getting old and climbing this mountain is for us.
Access: Hwy 16, head North East, cross Moberly bridge, head towards Maligne Canyon
Parking: At Maligne Canyon Parking
Trailhead: Little pass the Maligne hostel couple hundred meters
There are plenty of places to climb in the park, even indoors at our activity centre. This photo shoot was at a place they call “lost boys”. Nice on your hands kind of rock that allows you to climb often without ripping the skin off your digits.