Posted by: westcoastice | December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011 (Thanks Cam and Conny [via Peter])

Highway 40 – Bridge River Canyon

Tuesday the 27th, I (Cam) drove 60km+ on highway 40 towards Gold Bridge and saw some routes in. It was +9 C on the road the entire drive. Pics below:

Nite N Gale

Nite N' Gale lower pitches looking lean and wet

Shriek of Sheep

Upper curtain of Shriek of Sheep has not touched down

The Gift and The Theft

The Gift (l) and The Theft (r) looking super lean; likely not climbable

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Highway 99 North – Marble Canyon

I (Cam) drove up to Marble Canyon on Monday (26th) climbed some mixed routes. +1 C at parking lot/campground. Camped the night (-6 C was the coldest temp).
Icy BC is filling out a bit.

Highway 99 South – Duffey Lake Road

I (Conny) took a drive over the Duffy Lake Road today. It was 1 degree at the pass and 3 degrees at the Rambles parking. It looked like some ok skiing high above the road, but it would be about a 300m elevation gain to get to the goods. There were lots of cars at all the parking lots.

I was watching for ice climbs and saw a few. The grade 2/2+ gullies (Small Creep?) north of Cayoosh Creek Campground on the east side of the highway looked like the best climbing up there. The rain has stripped the snow from most of the climbs, and there was at least 400m vertical meters of ice that reached as low as Cayoosh Creek.

The Rambles had several lines that would be climbable, but without snow covering the creek bottoms between the vertical section, I would be very cautious of ice and debris sliding down the frozen creek beds. Not to mention ice detaching while you are on it due to warm temps.
The Tube had melted out at the top.
Carl’s Berg looked climbable, but detached from the rock (I wouldn’t get on it).
Synchronicity was missing a pitch or two in the middle ramp section.
Loose Lady was skinny, but climbable to the final pillar – which looked thin from the highway view.


Responses

  1. Was out at marble today (29th) and Icy BC has a few holes in it now and is quite thin in spots. Hopefully winter gets here soon before it falls down…


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