The main flow of the Hillsborough ice is formed as a result of a culvert that diverts runoff from the hills to a vertical drop-off down to the Bay of Fundy. Since its in the bay, the start of the climbs can be undercut by larger seasonal tides.
According to the local ice guide there are climbs ranging from WI 2 to WI6 and 13Meters. I personally think it's a bit optimistic on its difficulty and a bit taller than it's listed.
Beside the main line there are overhanging cliffs with icicles of all sizes and shapes. Cautions around these as they have bonded to sandstone and as such have limited holding strength. Use your best judgment.
The main line can have a top rope set using the guardrail along the highway or easily led. The ice faces east so it grabs the morning sun but gets into the shadows around 11am. Its close proximity to the city make it a nice spot to train and to take new people out; however I'd certainly not call it a destination to plan a road trip around especially with Parlee and Welsford so close by (1.5hrs).
Needs moderate cold to set up, its force-fed water so its generally fairly fat.
Five Kilometres north of Hopewell Cape, and just past green "Hopewell Cape" sign on right side of road, find pulloff opposite house and garage. Rappel to bottom. Several lines in area, ranging from WI 2 to 6. 13m. K. Alert, 1992.
*Note:As with all near saltwater climbs be sure to thoroughly wash/dry/lube/maintain your hardware after walking in the soft salt ice/mud of the shore.
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