CROWDS WARNING: This weekend, Paul and Joe are planning to take a BCMC group of 10 climbers (them included) for an Intro Ice Climbing course at Marble Canyon. During the weekend of Jan 17 & 18th. Marble is always popular, but expect it to be extra busy… if you have other places on your list?
Highway 5 – Coquihalla
Dan and I (Wes) hiked into Box Canyon on Wednesday (Jan.14) looking for some local ice. We had a good training hike, but were skunked with the ice!
Snowpack was very low and was an over-3hr. endeavor. I do not recommend it until there is some more snow! Snowshoeing up we found the first pitch of Grim Reaper non-existent. Scotch on the Rocks and Engage looked very thin. The pillar at the top of Engage was not even close to touching down. We decided not to climb anything.
On the drive back, we checked out Sumallo Bluffs and it also looked like it had degraded over the last 2 weeks. The curtain on Landmark Gulley had fallen off (it was about 1/4 of the way down 2 weeks ago).