Monday, January 16, 2006

Road of Bones

On the 7th of January (sorry we bailed on the ice opener), Aaron Hemphill, Martin, Rob King and I headed up to the mythical box canyon in the West Castle valley. Aaron had stubled apon a small canyon and ampitheater this summer while hiking down from the Rainy Ridge lakes area. The climb is located roughly 5KM or so down the West Castle valley from the ski resort and on the west side of the valley. Travel the left hand road for an hour or so until you get to the first large old clear cut, hang a right and scurry across the river and trend up stream until you get to a small drainage that heads south west and uphill. after about half an hour small steps will start forming about 100m to 200m apart, most walkable and a few required climbing, the tallest being 5m at the most. After another half hour and six or seven of these step you will arrive at a "Y", the climbers right hand leads quickly to a small ampitheater that holds two 20m gr3 pillars and a 20m gr 2 ice fall, quite a pleasant little area, the ice was blue and great to climb, pleanty of ice for "V" threads and trees to rap off of. We called the place the "Road of Bones" because it was kinda a long slog and we were talking about hot Russian women on the trip in. If it has been climbed before let me know and if not go check it out, I would recomend sledding in the first half of the way to speed things up a little.
Photo's may follow at some point.
Chris M



At 1/17/2006 08:53:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the info. Do you have an approximate grid reference for the climbs? Also, did you guys ski in, or just hike in? Would be most interested in photos...



Posted by Brad

At 1/17/2006 05:41:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you explored that valley any further to the south? Just curious if there's ice closer between Avion Ridge and the Castle Spires.

I'd also be curious of the GR of these climbs.


Posted by Dave Stephens

At 1/17/2006 10:21:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You doubt the grades claimed? 

Posted by chris morris

At 1/18/2006 05:56:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. no.. GR is grid reference on the map... Like GR235432.


Posted by Dave Stephens

At 1/18/2006 08:37:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops my bad, I get to go home this weekend and I'll dig out some maps and see what I can find. My map work is fairly poor so I hope I dont get you lost.
Brad, we drove from castle until we got to the first meadow, then we skied up the left hand road until the clear cut, ditched the ski's at the river and hiked up from their. Next time I would keep the ski's on a little longer although the bush got a little thick until you find the drainage. As for photo's Aaron got some footage with his digital handi cam and he is gonna try and pull some still images off and send them to me. 

Posted by Chris Morris


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