The ice box as it is known on Mt. Arrowsmith offers some excellent ice climbing depending on the ice conditions. Above each climbing area are numerous trees that can be used for anchors, allowing the novice to learn safely while being top roped. The highest of the climbs might be around 35-40 feet. Definitely bring a snow shovel to dig out the ice wall, this will give you about 6-10 feet of more climbing depending on the snow conditions. The area will only get sun about 2-3 pm.
From the parking area, cross the ditch head down towards the stream. Cross the stream and find the flagged trail heading up stream. From here on follow the well marked trail. After about an hour, you will see a tree with 2 flags on it, ignore this and in a couple of minutes look for a tree with at least 3 flags on it. Make a left here and head downwards. You will then see the ice box on your right.
Follow highway 4 out to Port Alberni, at the top of the bump before Port Alberni (as you start heading down), get into the left turning lane and make a left here (after 100 meters you will see a parking\dump area on your right, this means you are on the right road). In about 30 minutes you will be at the trail head, watch for logging trucks. Drive about 3 km and then turn left on Cameron River Main. Drive about 8 km to the Pass Main, turn left. You will drive about 5km up the mountain, at the last switch back park on the side of the road. Remember on the way back, you will come to a fork in the road, you want to make a right here. The road conditions can be quite rough, if you are in a car take your time, make sure to carry chains with you and a tow rope.
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