Posted by: westcoastice | January 27, 2013

January 27, 2013 Ice Climbing Report (Thanks Lee, Henrik and Giovanni)

Highway 99 South – Duffey Lake Road

The rarely formed Seton Lake Seeps are in good shape. Mumu Man and Storm Brewing can be seen, formed up, 2 km West of Lillooet, above the fish hatchery. As in previous reports, note that these climbs can *not* be approached via the hatchery or over the dam. The recommended approach is to walk in (West) along the rail tracks from just outside of town.

Seton Lake Seeps

Mumu Man (left) & Storm Brewing (right)

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Highway 99 South – Pemberton

Chris Stoltz and I (Henrik Hinkkala) climbed The Plum on Saturday, Jan 26. Conditions on all the steep pitches was great with thick blue ice throughout. Most lower angle sections/pitches were a mixture of reasonable ice with some slush/softer ice here and there, but otherwise the route was in great shape. Approach is pretty tracked out with an up-track breaking off left (from the down-track) shortly after leaving the car under the power lines. The approach is fairly obvious even though it was foggy in the morning with no views of the route at that time. Temps were just below freezing all day.

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Highway 99 South – Whistler/Cal-Cheak

A report from Giovanni’s BCMC trip to Moaning Tree – The ice at Cal Cheak was very warm and dripping. Most importantly, all the upper third of the ice was very hollow and detached. We did climb a bit on the lower part, while a few (not so small) pieces were falling down from the sides of the ice wall with the warmth of the day. There are at most two climbable lines.


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