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Don_Serl

[TR] Box Canyon (Coquihalla) - Rigor Mortis 1/21/2007

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Trip: Box Canyon (Coquihalla) - Rigor Mortis

 

Date: 1/21/2007

 

Trip Report:

 

Ryan Klingmann and I climbed in Box Canyon Sunday. the snowshoeing for the approach was not too bad (abt 1 hr), with a huge snowpack covering the bush and boulders, and 20cm of stable fresh on a hard crust. most lower-angled ice is buried, so we climbed Rigor Mortis, which was in great condition. we found 2 - 40m pitches, mostly 2 to 3-ish, but with a lot of crusty insecure surfaces, so scary leading. there was one 6m or so Gr 4 step in each pitch, but on both one could work out stems to get gear if one was crafty. we rapped off a tree and an Abalakov.

 

check:

http://www.westcoastice.com/site4.aspx

for a report on conditions of the rest of the routes in the canyon - it's a good place to keep in mind when the weather gets warm, cuz its higher altitude tends to preserve the ice.

 

cheers, don

 

Approach Notes:

snowshoes

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