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Lillooet Ice Climbing Festival

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Lillooet Ice Climbing Festival 2001

January 19 to 21

Lillooet, British Columbia


You are cordially invited to Western Canada's premiere ice climbing event!!


The Location

The historic gold-mining town of Lillooet (pop. 2500) is located deep within the Coast Mountain Range, nestled on the sage and pine covered terraces above the Fraser River (ele. 240m). The rugged, surrounding mountains frame this tourism and resource-based community, affording spectacular vistas and exceptional outdoor recreation at every turn.


Lillooet is approximately 400km north of Vancouver, and 200km west of Kamloops. It is accessible from the south on Highway #1/ #12 (Fraser Canyon), or Highway #99 through Squamish. Highways #97/ #99 access Lillooet from the Interior. All routes are regularly maintained in the winter, but it's worth checking the BC Road Report before travelling to Lillooet.


The Climbing

Don Serl's and Bruce Kay's Climbers' Guide to West Coast Ice (Elaho 1993) describes Lillooet as being "the epicenter of the finest, and certainly the most reliable, concentration of winter ice routes in southwestern BC." Lillooet is host to over 100 climbs, from quick roadside hits to towering epics. Grades range from WI2 to WI6, and the season runs from early December through to the end of March. Most climbs are concentrated in the Cayoosh Creek Canyon and Bridge River Canyon corridors.


The Event

The Lillooet Ice Climbing Festival is scheduled to take place from Friday (January 19) to Sunday (January 21). Friday and Saturday nights (starting at 7:00pm) will include Festival and Clinic Registration (Friday), guest speakers, slide shows, ice climbing videos, raffles and door prizes, plus a chance to socialize with a group of ice climbers from around the Pacific Northwest! Friday night will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion (737 Main Street), Saturday at the R.E.C. Centre's Mezzanine (930 Main Street) .


The Saturday and Sunday climbing schedule will include tours of the Bridge and Cayoosh Canyons, clinics by BC Mountain Guides, equipment and climbing demonstrations, and lots of climbing!


For More Information and To Pre-Register

Contact Lyle Knight at lknight@uniserve.com or write to:


Lillooet Ice Climbing Festival 2001

Post Office Box 254

Lillooet, British Columbia

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Important Note

There are blocks of rooms (at Ice Festival rates) booked at all the hotels and motels until December 31, 2000. Due to limited availability, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you book your room in advance.

The phone numbers are:

Mile 0 Motel: (250) 256-7511

4 Pines Motel: (250) 256-4247

Retasket Springs Resort (formerly JG Motel): (250) 256-7525

Hotel Victoria: (250) 256-4112

Reynolds Hotel: (250) 256-4202


Sponsors To-Date

Gripped: Canada's Climbing Magazine




Current Lillooet Ice Climbing Conditions: http://www.bivouac.com/casbc.ice.htm

Lillooet Ice Climbing Photographs: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/kamloops/district/lillooet/Recreation_Opportunities/ice.htm


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