Scaling New Heights
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: North Van.
Interest: Anything mountain related
Cheakamus Canyon Climbing today
So, it was a glorious day to get on the sharp end of the rope and reacquaint myself with primal fear while spending quality time with my son who earlier this year completed the Alpine Club's moutaineering training. He had in mind to do Star Chek in the Cheakamus Canyon about 15 minutes North of Sqaumish. I wasn't quite prepared for the abrupt drop off from the road and the suddeness of being confronted with an over 250 elevation drop in front of me. The rapel was the scariest part. Being a rusty lead climber, its always sphincter tightening to do the first steep rapel. The weather today was phenomenal - sunshine and a bit of coolness in the air and the spectacular back drop of the Tantalus range. Made me appreciate where I live despite the erroding quality of lifestyle from traffic and high prices. Followed by a nice ocean swim in Porteau Cove. Following photos; prepping for the big descend; downward bound; first pitch; before the last hard pitch;
Good training to get on the sharp end sometimes - prepares you better to confront the many scenarios that confront you in the mountains. I've lately always got a 30 meter 7mm Beal Rando in my hiking pack. A dulfersitz rapel and a bowline on a coil can get you out of many a sticky situation (although the dulfersitz may compromise your procreative abilities)
Last edited by frankhardly; 09-14-2017 at 11:22 PM.