French Reality

Prepare to get pumped! French Reality is one of the steepest and best, pieces of ice in the Rockies. It will challenge both your technique and strength to the max! Highly recommended for those who have climbed some grade 6 ice and want to push it even harder.

The climb forms most years on the right edge of the Stanley Headwall in Kootenay National Park. Start with some excellent mixed climbing up a series of cracks & corners then launch onto dead vertical pillars of W6+ ice to the top. In sections the ice is so steep that it feels overhanging!

It’s the right hand line of ice in the photo below.

French Reality ice climb on the right

Location: Highway #93 South.  45 minute drive from Canmore.

Difficulty: WI6+, 5.8

Length: 150m

Logistics: French reality is guided with a 1:1 ratio only.

Mixed climbing French Reality at ther Stanley Headwall
French Reality ice climb in the Canadian Rockies

Other Nearby Routes

  • Nemesis – WI6, 160m
  • Storm Creek – numerous hard ice & mixed multipitch routes.
  • Bourgeau Left – WI5, 185m
  • Bourgeau Right – WI4R, 310m
Approaching French Reality at the Stanley Headwall