It’s one of the coldest days of winter. The sky is blue and the sun is shining, but a slightly cold wind lifts the fine snow that has fallen during the night. The fox crosses the road without much hurry. At a bend, a wall finally appears, partially covered in ice.

On the second floor, Gabriel Frappier is preparing to string the rope.

It’s the perfect day to start ice climbing. Far away, the Laurentians or Lanaudière? No: Located in Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, a few minutes walk from the metro. The Quebec Federation of Mountaineering and Mountaineering (FQME) and the Laliberté Nord Sud Climbing School are working together to glass a small wall using a watering system.

On this weekday morning, the small group of participants is primarily made up of French and British tourists temporarily living in Quebec on the Working Holiday Program (PVT).

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“We arrived three weeks ago,” says Rebecca Pierre, a young French woman. I want to try all the winter activities. Ice climbing is extraordinary. »

Romain Blas, who has lived in Quebec for a year, is interested in all things natural. “Ice climbing is a dream and this is paradise!” » he says.

Gabriel Frappier from Laliberté Nord-Sud starts by equipping participants with harnesses, boots, crampons and, most importantly, helmets. Shards of ice came quickly.

The guide provides some instructions on how to properly hit the ice with crampons (raise your toes a little, but not too high) and an ice ax (a little wrist movement at the end is all that matters). Masu. It also shows you a series of moves to improve. Place the ice ax above your head, bend your legs, put on the crampons, and stand up by arching your body while imagining a banana in your mind. And start again.

The most important thing is your partner’s belaying technique and you must not let him run away. The walls of Parc Jean-Drapeau are not high, but they are still there.

“It is only eight meters long,” explains Gabriel Frappier. Perfect for people who are afraid of heights. In fact, I have a friend who struggled with dizziness while climbing. They climb 2-3 meters, learn to trust the equipment and continue climbing. »

Participants begin their climb after thoroughly rehearsing their techniques on the ground. It’s not always easy at first. The hand holding the ice ax isn’t as steady as I’d like, the stroke of the crampons isn’t very effective, and I hesitate to stand up. Gabriel gives further advice and the participants gradually improve.

“It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be,” says British tourist Aster Shea. But it’s a lot of fun. »

After an hour, participants become more daring and attempt more difficult routes.


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“It’s a great experience,” says Thibault Piera. I never thought she would become so established. We are very stable. However, it still puts a strain on your arms. »

Despite the cold, participants climbed to the end of the three-hour session.

Two turkey vultures fly over the property. If these birds of the vulture family were hoping to eat fallen climbers, they were unsuccessful. Everyone is happy and healthy.

Perfect for beginners. I always felt safe.

Rebecca Pierre

Gabriel begins gathering his equipment. He points out that the clientele, especially on weekends, is very diverse. He not only has Europeans passing through, but also local Quebecers, family and friends.

“I think it’s great to be able to work in ice climbing in Montreal,” he says.

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