Interstellar Spice: Epic Ice Route for Emmett and Premrl

© aVision Photography/Chris Collacott

Tim Emmett and Slovenian climber Klemen Premrl have established a remarkable new line at Helmcken Falls in Canada, which the pair have named Interstellar Spice. The climb has been described by Tim as "By far the hardest, longest and coolest single pitch ice climb either of us have done before."

Interstellar Spice  © aVision Photography/Chris Collacott
Interstellar Spice
© aVision Photography/Chris Collacott

The steep pitch is 260ft long and overhangs by about 30 metres, starting up Tim's existing line Clash of the Titans WI 10+ before breaking left through a series of roofs. The climbing involves just two moves on rock and follows a long line of 28 bolts through a maze of ice daggers and mushrooms up to the lip of a cave.

A maze of ice daggers: Interstellar Spice  © Tim Emmett
A maze of ice daggers: Interstellar Spice
© Tim Emmett

The pair spent a week working the route with a specifically designed 200m rope for the colossal line, requiring just a handful of attempts each to succeed on the redpoint.

Tim and Klemen at Helmcken Falls, Canada  © Tim Emmett
Tim and Klemen at Helmcken Falls, Canada
© Tim Emmett

Tim and Klemen are no strangers to hard, visionary ice lines. In 2012, they established the first route to be given the grade of WI 11, with Wolverine - also at Helmcken Falls, and made the first repeat of Will Gadd's Overhead Hazard in 2014.

Due to their steep and physical nature, it is difficult to compare these routes with normal ice routes, but as far as adventurous winter climbing in a wild situation goes, Interstellar Spice offers - in Tim's opinion - "Possibly the ultimate winter climbing experience."

Tim announces the first ascent on Facebook

Visit Tim's Facebook Athlete Page.

Tim is sponsored by: Adidas Eyewear, Black Diamond, Edelweiss, Juice Plus, Mountain Hardwear and Scarpa

Klemen is sponsored by: Black Diamond

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9 Feb, 2016
9 Feb, 2016
WI 11 - love it! is there such a thing as WI8 or 9?
10 Feb, 2016
I heard that first winter ascents only count if you also fight a bear before/after the ascent....;-)
12 Feb, 2016
yes, no bears no cigar ;-)
12 Feb, 2016
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