Photos by Kassidy Christensen and Tera Swanson

Published December 17, 2014

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Left: Ice climber Matthew Ford climbs up an easy section of a popular ice climbing area called "The Junkyards," near Canmore, Alta., with crampons and ice tools.

Centre: Matthew Ford and ice climbing partner Login Olinger get assembled before their first routes.

Right: Ice climber Matthew Ford first got into the sport after he attended a work outing dedicated to getting inexperienced climbers out on the ice.

Photos by Tera Swanson