Sea of Vapours

Looming above the town of Banff are the world famous ice climbs on Mt. Rundle’s Trophy Wall.  Everything on the wall is hard and doesn’t form regularly but Sea of Vapors seems to appear at some point most winters and makes for an incredible ascent.  The long approach takes us high above the valley and involves scrambling on snowy rock, a short rock overhang and a long pitch of easier ice.  From here we climb a pitch known as Postscriptum (WI5+) before making a delicate mixed traverse onto the main flow of ice.  The final two long pitches are dead vertical with virtually no ledges and will get you pumped!  The dramatic position on the Trophy Wall is hard to beat.

Ice climbing Sea of Vapors

Location: Banff, Alberta. 15 minute drive from Canmore.

Difficulty: WI5+ to 6+ depending on ice conditions.

Length: 165m

Logistics:  Canmore or Banff make great places to base from.  Only one guest may join the guide for an ascent of Sea of Vapors.

Climbing on the Trophy Wall in the Canadian Rockies
Steep ice on Sea of Vapors above Banff

Other Nearby Routes

  • The Replicant – WI6, 150m
  • Spray River Falls – WI5, 150m
  • The Professor Falls – WI4, 280m
  • Bourgeau Left – WI5, 180m
  • Nemesis – WI6, 160m
Trophy Wall with Sea of Vapors on the Right