Highway 5 – Sumallo Bluffs and Coquihalla:
Sumallo Bluffs are quite fat, but are also very snowy.
Buszowski-Kippan, Crunchy Frog, the Mess routes and First Time Lucky are all in and may even survive a few days of warm temperatures. But right now they are all also snow-laden, almost a foot of low-density snow in places.
Anthrax Ripple is almost pure white, although with binoculars one can see blue ice pillars at the cruxes.
Landmark Gully looks good, the lower WI4 pitch is fat, but the curtain is only about 50% of the way down.
After being stymied on Sumallo we went up to the Coquihalla.
The Drool in the Lotus is in, but snowy.
Thinking Outside the Box is all snow except for the top pillar (which is fully in, no holes) – enough snow to look like recent avalanche deposition.
Box Canyon routes are probably in, but there is not enough snow yet to bury the alders or fill in gaps between the boulders – we wallowed up canyon for a ways and then turned back short of climbing anything.
Lower down around Hope, there is still ice clinging on to routes like Mousetrap, but also lots of running water. Higher elevation north-facing stuff like Medusa and Thacker Falls were blue and looked good from the road.
Highway 99 South – Squamish/Whistler/Pemberton
Yesterday (Dec 4) viewing from the road confirmed previous reports regarding Whistler and Pemberton area conditions. Best options looked like Soo Bluffs or Suicide Bluffs. Squamish has little to show for ice despite a drop in temps. A Scottish Tale might be worth a look.