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Hwy. 99 North of Whistler

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Hwy. 99 North of Whistler 


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Description 

Hwy. 99 from Whistler to its terminus at Hwy. 97 near Cache Creek passes through some very mountainous terrain and provides access to fine scrambling and mountaineering, as well as rock climbing and bouldering. Marquee alpine areas include Wedge Mountain and the Joffre group, and there's rock and bouldering to be had near Pemberton.

The summer alpine season is quite short, often limited to August and September, but winter mountaineering and great backcountry skiing can be had. Locals, local shops, and at least four guidebooks provide good information.

Some, but by no means all of the rock climbing in the area is covers in McLane's Whistler Rock Climbs guide.


Getting There 

When you're in Whister, Hwy. 99 is hard to miss. Drive north.


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Featured Route For Hwy. 99 North of Whistler
The Southeast Face of Mt. Joffre.  The variation shown in blue is described in Matt Gunn's book, McLane's is in red.  Although they appear to converge relatively close to the summit, it's probably only halfway (from start of the snow).

Southeast Face (standard route) 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Steep Snow  North America : Canada : ... : Mt. Joffre
This is the standard route up Joffre, as described in Kevin McLane's Alpine Select book. It's similar to the only route up Joffre described in Matt Gunn's Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia, but they differ in how they start. Interestingly, this route is the hardest route described in Gunn's book and the seventh easiest in McLane's. The books have somewhat different audiences but this route is where they cross over (it's the only one they have in common, if you ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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