Thursday, September 29, 2011

US Mulling Border Fences in Canada

This is a bit unlikely, but people do have to make plans when managers ask for options.  The picture by Polebridge drew me in.

Makes me think back to the trip my Dad and Uncle took down Boundary creek.  A young warden stopped them and asked them if they knew they were crossing into the US illegally. They said something to the effect, we can walk off trail until we loose you and then cut back onto the trail if you really concerned about it.  I doubt the Warden believed getting left in the dust would have been that easy, but I think the old Goble stubbornness convinced him any negotiating was a lost cause.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New Routes on Bear's Hump

This weekend two new routes were put up on the upper -upper right tier of Bear's Hump.  (This area is directly above Dave's Lash and Thick as a Tick).  Routes can be accessed by following the tourist trail up a few hundred meters to a game trail leading to the satellite repeater.  Follow the semi-open hillside up.

The corner to the right of Lyme Streak got cleaned.  Two bolts were added to the gearless lower section.  This is a very good climb, requiring a few small cams and a couple of small and mid sized nuts.  It ends at Lyme Streak anchors.  5.10b or 5.10c

Another route was put up in the same area.  This route lies further to the west, and is just right of the gorgeous 4th class scramble. It heads up through some solid whitish rock, cutting left of a small roof with a fixed pin and optional nut.  It then tackles a steep bulge via 2 bolts (5.9+?) and a nut.  It ends at a 2 bolt anchor.  There is a huge bucket to the right of the upper bolt that feels loose and probably shouldn't be pulled on while leading.  We bounced on it while standing, and couldn't get it to move.

New route is hidden just behind Blair.


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