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Dru

[TR] Box Canyon- Happy Harvester 12/4/2005

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Climb: Box Canyon-Happy Harvester

 

Date of Climb: 12/4/2005

 

Trip Report:

This was a last minute change of plan, after posting yesterday about Sumallo Bluffs we ended up deciding a WI4 for first lead of the year might be a bit much so went to Box Canyon instead, up the Coquihalla.

 

Box Canyon is a cool place with lots of boulders and slide alders and devils club. It made me happy and I thought of sunshine and bunnies and candy and rainbows and stuff. I only wished Mike Layton was there so I could give him a big warm hug!

 

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Steve in the alders.

 

Eventually we found some ice!

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This is the Festering Wall. It was Festering, so we backed off and climbed a pitch or so of Happy Harvester instead. Thin WI3, 13cms screws just went in in the thickest blobs. Not really all that impressive compared to the nearby routes though.

 

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Happy Harvester is the red line

 

The third pitch of HH was formed up but the second wasn't so we rapped off and decided to bail as it was around 2:15. This time we found a better route out avoiding much of the alder, bush, boulders and postholing, so it went a lot faster and we were back at the car before dusk.

 

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Grim Reaper across the valley

 

 

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Upcanyon to Chrysalis area and beyond

 

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Rigor Mortis area.

 

In short most of the ice in the canyon is still a few days away from forming up but there is climbable ice there right now, and there is now a beaten path in too. Ignore all footprints meandering off to the north as they lead to vegetative dead ends.

 

Gear Notes:

Stubbies

Should have had machete, chainsaw, Agent Orange etc.

 

Approach Notes:

Not enough snow yet to snowshoe or ski, too much snow for easy hiking, you WILL posthole.

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awww thanks dru!

s'okay though, i found and climbed ice of my own this weekend (sans devils club and slide alder)

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Yeah, stuff around Hope is starting to get climbable and the forecast is looking pretty solid. Although they`re calling for a high of 5 on Thursday which might put a damper on things. fruit.gif

 

Lots of freshiez there today! Oh, and it`s officially be announched that there will be a Tim Horton`s put in on the Old-Hope Princeton Highway. Or I read it in the paper this weekend. ooo.gif

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I`m guessing from the bright orange toque photo that Dru is still holding your helmet ransom? cool.gif

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Hmm but lytton is gonna be -5/-11 on Thursday - Canyon should be in big time!

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