Summer Alpine Climbing - Crampons/Ice Axe Needed?
Headed to Vancouver Island the first week of July to visit the in-laws and my wife and I were hoping to get a few days to head into the backcountry and get some good climbs in. I bought Island Alpine Select and started looking at objectives and one thing I'm not super clear on is whether or not the climbs we're looking at will require crampons and ice axes for the approaches. I'm assuming it's dependent on the snowpack. Here are some of the routes we're starting to look at:
Mt Arrowsmith - Un-Judge’s Route, 4th, PD+, III
Red Pillar - East Ridge, 4th to 5.4, II
King's Peak - East Ridge, 5.6
Elkhorn Mountain - NW Ridge, Low 5th, II
Elkhorn Mountain - Harrison Route, 5.5, III
Rambler Peak - North Buttress & Ridge, 5.6, II
Right now we're leaning towards Strathcona Park, hiking in via the Elk River Trail and a day up Elkhorn and a day up Rambler but we're more than open to suggestions and beta. We'd definitely prefer to avoid the hassle of snow/ice approaches but we're not 100% opposed if it's pretty mild and gets us on good rock.
Snowpack is excessive this year, you're looking at crampons/ice axe for approaches for longer than normal probably.
Arrowsmith not usually though.
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