Monday, March 29, 2010

Mt.SLEESE - Chilliwack River Valley, Epic Alpine Rock!

The potential for amazing climbing in the Chilliwack River Valley is endless. Those of us that have driven through have probaly come close to swerving off the highway while being preoccupied with looking at the cliffs and mountains around. To just barley scratch the surface there is Northeast Buttress of Mt.Sleese; a very big adventure with high quality climbing in a alpine setting. The weather and remoteness of this climb make it a serious endeavour, but with the right planning and a bit of luck you will be rewarded with an awesome climb. The route in it's 24 pitches is a mix of moderate climbing (5.7-5.9) and 4th class, with options of up to 10c variations. Included here is a brief but good description of the route along with a good topo. Kevin McLane's Alpine Select also has the description of the route. Enjoy and have fun this summer!

Link: Mt.Sleese - Northeast Buttress
Link: Northeast Buttress Topo

YaK Peak! Alpine Rock Climbing

Yak Peak is a big slabby spire located at the summit of Coquihalla Pass. It hosts great multi-pitch routes on mostly good granodiorite rock anywhere from 5.8 to 5.10+ up to 14 pitches long. The nature of the climbs is super slabby runout sections to steeper cracks the higher you get with mixed protection. If you are nearby and looking for an adventure, this is the place. Included here is a link to a very good topo that should get you out. ENJOY!

Link: Yak Peak - Topo

Friday, March 26, 2010

Hope, British Columbia - A Bouldering Destination!

Just recently a friend and myself were trying to plan a bit of a bouldering roadtrip that would cover all the best areas in southern BC. We stumbled upon some really good spots, but we never knew there was such a huge amount of problems and potential in the Hope area. Areas just full of awesome granite boulders with tons of problems on them and room for much more. I found a really good resource to some of the main spots worth visiting, I will just post a link here that should send you right to a printable guide. Some areas are right in or near Hope and some are in the area. Enjoy!!

Bouldering Guide Link: Hunter Creek

Bouldering Guide Link: Lake Of The Woods

Bouldering Guide Link: Harrison Hot Springs