Booming Ice chasm - a beautiful ice cave for ice climbing lover


Image Credits: Caters News Agency | Francois-Xavier De Ruydts

Found about 700 meters up the face of a mountain, Booming Ice chasm is a beautiful ice cave in the Crowsnest Pass region of the Canadian mountain chain in Alberta.

Booming Ice chasm is what’s called a “cold-trap” cave, wherever cold air enters the cave and sinks to the lowest displacing any warmer air that rises and exits the cave. The cold dense air is rarely ready to escape keeping the cave frozen full year.

The cave is therefore mixed up its incredible acoustics, that is, as rocks tumble down and crash to the cave floor, a hundred and forty meters below, it causes booming echoes. The Booming Ice chasm could be reached through a gaping hole within the side of the mountain, many meters across. It slopes downward, lined with loose stones and snow that offers way to a sheer ice slope, dropping some two hundred meters. This natural icy slide is very treacherous as something dropped here shoots down the sharp slope to the bottom of the cave at fatal speeds.

Because of the booming echoes, conversing within the cave is tough as every word generates a series of echoes that produces sentences unintelligible. Thus cave explorers need to speak in muted whispers into their radios or speak in syllables, by halting many seconds between each to permit the echoes to die down.

The cave was first explored in 2008, however there are many passages that are however to be explored and mapped.


Image Credits: Caters News Agency | Francois-Xavier De Ruydts


Image Credits: Caters News Agency | Francois-Xavier De Ruydts


Image Credits: Caters News Agency | Francois-Xavier De Ruydts  


Image Credits: Caters News Agency | Francois-Xavier De Ruydts


Image Credits: globalnews.ca

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