Posted by: westcoastice | February 6, 2012

February 6, 2012 Ice Climbing Report (Thanks Werner and Henrik)

Highway 99 North – Marble Canyon

Feb 5: Climbed Icy BC on Sunday. It’s in good shape. Lots of ice. Good for 2 or more weeks.

Highway 99 South – Duffey Lake Road

Two separate, varying reports on The Rambles. The difference a day makes?

Feb 4: We were at The Rambles Center on Saturday, Feb.4th. We (Cecile, Ross, Giovanni, Werner from the BCMC) were the only car/group at The Rambles. 1st pitch was ‘bloody wet’. The final 3 m step  on the 1st pitch was not protectable or climbable and it was in bad shape. Altogether: It was OK, but not great. If it does not re-freeze it will be over at the Rambles Center sooner than later.

Feb 5: We went to the Rambles and found, to our surprise, fantastic ice conditions. Temperatures were around -2 to -5. We climbed the main Rambles Left route to the Upper Tier and then went up a nice line to the left of the final curtain, in the trees.

Pitch 1 of Rambles Left

Pitch 1 of Rambles Left

Rambles Upper Tier

Rambles Left Upper Tier

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The other higher elevation routes to the right at The Rambles, as well as Isadorf and Belmore Gullies, looked also to be in good condition.

Highway 99 South – Lions Bay

Feb 4: Tyler, Simon and I (Henrik) went up the Southeast Gully route on the West Lion (approx AI3 140m). As could be imagined, it was above freezing and stuff was coming down, but the route was climbable with reasonable ice and lots of spots to place good rock protection. On the last pitch, the ice turned into more snow/rock and ended with an entertaining rock chimney. Approach turned out good by going direct to the notch and then dropping back and around the South side.

Approaching the Lions

Approaching the Lions - West Lion on left

Starting up the Southeast Gully West Lion

Starting up the Southeast Gully

Looking down West Lion's SE Gully

Looking down West Lion's SE Gully


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