Posted by: westcoastice | January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011 (Thanks Matt and Hayley)

Highway 5 – Coquihalla
Two old guys pounded a good trail in to Box Canyon yesterday (Sunday Jan 9).
Low snow through boulders so circuitous approach route at first. Steps go as far as the base of Engage three-quarters of the way into the canyon.
Grim Reaper is in. Per the previous post, 1st pitch is snowed up. After our hike, we came back and did first pitch which had lots of veneer over snow and rock. Upper pitches look worthy.
Mr. Natural is in; thin 1st pitch. Pillar on pitch 2 looks steep and blue, will likely get fatter with am sun and cold temps.
Scotch on Rocks is in and steep.
Engage has lots of snow at the bottom, 1st pitch looks manky. Upper pitch is thin but in.
Back of the canyon is forming. Looks possible to link 3 pitches together with some snow plods in between.

Grim Reaper

A shot of the Grim Reaper

Mr Natural in Box Canyon

Mr Natural in Box Canyon

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Highway 99 South – Duffey Lake Road

On Saturday, January 8th, Lawrence Blatchford, Steve Gillanders, and I (Hayley Wilson) climbed Rambles. First 2 pitches of Rambles Left are nice and fat. Didn’t go up further, but instead opted to rap down and get on Rambles Center. Went all the way up to the 3rd section, which had more fat ice than you can shake a tool at.
Highway 99 North – Marble Canyon
We tried for a crag day at Marble Canyon on Sunday, but decided to go with plan B when we saw too many climbers and not quite enough ice. Deeping Wall probably had room for 2 lines, with one climber sure to get soaked.
Plan B was Oregon Jack. As mentioned on the December 21st post, the flagging tape is very faded.  There’s a 5’5″ snow angel where you turn left off the road to follow the fence to the gate. Not quite the plastic hero ice from the day before, but good and pretty fat towards the left. Found a few thin sections with running water underneath though. Top section was a little too chandeliered for our leading taste so we ran laps on the lower part.
Steve Gillanders leading Oregon Jack

Steve Gillanders leading Oregon Jack

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Highway 1 – Fraser Canyon
Observations on the way home:
Spences Bridge Outflow: Bring a snorkel for the left, there’s some thin stuff on the right
The Crucible: In! Albeit driving past at 80km/h, but couldn’t see any gushing
Jackass: Some ice on the edges of a big gusher.
Superheroes Cirque: Thin like an anorexic supermodel

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