Ice Climbing Isaac’s Wet Dream with Must Do Canada

In January 2021, Amanda and I had the opportunity to join Matt & Karla Bailey from Must Do Canada, and Tim Taylor from Girth Hitch Guiding for a day of ice climbing at Isaac’s Wet Dream in David Thompson Country.

Karla Bailey starting her repel of Isaac’s Wet Dream

Matt and Karla featured this day of climbing in the above video guide to “David Thompson in the Winter.” They also have an excellent travel guide to “David Thompson in the Summer”, so visit that one to find out their answer to the question, “Is David Thompson Country the most beautiful place on earth?

Isaac’s is a family-friendly destination for ice climbing in the David Thompson corridor. It’s accessed via a short (very pretty) approach, and there is a walk-up route for top roping. A couple of large, obvious trees have served as faithful anchors here for many years. A 60m rope will work here, but if you have a 70m it will come in handy when using the tree anchor on climber’s right.

View the full Strava Activity here: https://www.strava.com/activities/4942313175

To access Isaac’s, park at the popular Crescent Falls parking lot, a 3 hour and 20 minute drive from Edmonton. From the top fall at Crescent Falls, walk west about 50m until you hit a creek entering the Bighorn River from the north. Crampon or spike up, and follow the frozen creek for a 30-45min hike on the bottom of the canyon until you hit Isaac’s. It’s a popular spot, you’ll want to arrive early if you are there on a weekend.

Even if you aren’t ice climbing, this is a beautiful family hike in the winter. Just remember to bring some spikes for your boots! Below is a photo gallery of a few trips to Isaac’s over the years.

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