Posted by: westcoastice | January 25, 2011

January 25, 2011 (Thanks Don, Piotr and Saar)

Highway 40 – Lillooet area
On January 23rd, Werner Grzimek and I (Don Montrichard) took a chance on Honeyman Falls (after getting beaten to Oregon Jack and Marble Canyon by crews from Kamloops). Surprisingly, after hiking the approach in Spring-like t-shirt weather, there was climbable ice. There was big gusher on the left side, but the right side was nice and fat. We set up some top-rope anchors and spent the afternoon climbing four different lines on the first pitch until darkness fell.

Approaching Honeyman Falls

Approaching Honeyman Falls

First pitch (right side) of Honeyman Falls

First pitch (right side) of Honeyman Falls

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Cherry Ice also looked like it was “in” from the approach road.

Highway 99 North – Marble Canyon
Just a ‘warning’ – a large VOC (Varsity Outdoor Club @ UBC) group is planning to hang out at Marble Canyon on the Feb 5-6 weekend. It’ll be quite a large group and will probably set up top ropes on most lines. They’ll of course do their best to be nice to anybody else who shows up, but it’ll be busy.

On January 24th, we (Werner and Don again) climbed Oregon Jack in mild weather and great conditions. Other than a few isolated thin spots, the route is in great condition. The ice is moist, but there is very little water running on the surface. New flagging has been installed on the approach trail. Kudos to the guys from Kamloops who have installed a beefed up and better positioned anchor at the top of the upper pitch. Don’t worry about the two dogs that form a welcoming committee at the vehicle pullout – they’re super friendly.
Werner Grzimek leading on Oregon Jack

Werner Grzimek leading on Oregon Jack

Rapping off the upper pitch of Oregon Jack

Rapping off the upper pitch of Oregon Jack

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Highway 99 South – Duffey Lake Road
Climbed in the Rambles on Sun, Jan 23rd. Most stuff was in at Rambles Center and Rambles Left (didn’t look at Rambles Right), albeit not nearly as fat as I’ve seen it in the past.


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