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A Day at the office - Whistler BC

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What: "A Day at the Office" WI3+

Where: Blackcomb "Backcountry"

Over the new year last year we found that lilloet had zero formed ice. Scrounging for what to do, we figured that A Day at the Office in the Blackcomb backcountry would probably be in due to its higher elevation. It was!

The climb is a little hard to spot. Ski down the Blackcomb glacier with a $15 backcountry pass and continue down the trail that leads you back to the main slopes. You will follow this for longer than you think, but soon after passing an intersecting gully, there will be a small clearing on the left. Ski past it and then look back left over your shoulder and ah ha! There it is!

The obvious pillar is about a half pitch of vertical-ish ice and can be very thick, very nice. There is also a WI3 climb to the left of this that starts off on a short steep pillar for about 30 feet, then angles right up past some caves to a 60 degree thin ice exit.

There are good tree anchors above both climbs and it looks possible to walk around on the right to setup topropes.

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