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Routes in The Adamants

Adamant-Turret-Austerity Traverse T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Mod. Snow
Direct Northwest Ridge of Outpost T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
East Peak of Gothics - "North East" Ridge T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
Houdini Needle(s) "Std" Route & Houdini-Pythias Traverse T 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Iron Man- Gibson/Rohn T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Mt Thor - East Ridge T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
N E Ridge of Pioneer T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c A1
NorthEast Ridge Mt. Austerity (Nester Ridge) T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b WI3 A1
Pioneer via Pioneer Pass & East Ridge T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c WI2+
South Buttress, Adamant Mountain T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Stickle South Face T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A1-2 Easy Snow
W. Face of Quadrant's So. Peak ("Cross-Hall") T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A1 PG13
West Buttress of the Horn T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
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The Adamant massif is in the Northern Selkirk mountains, north of Revelstoke B.C. The sheer granite faces of the Adamant peaks are among the most impressive in British Columbia. The rock is comparable to that in the Bugaboo and Vowell groups of the Purcells. The Adamants combine remote access, superb rock climbing and big-walling, challenging glaciers, and excellent snow and ice routes. The west side of the Adamants is particularly of interest to the alpinist for the substantial walls of the Austerity Glacier and Horn/Unicorn Basin.

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By foot from the east (Fairy Meadows) or by helicopter.

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5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
West Buttress of the Horn
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West Buttress of the Horn
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad, Alpine 20 pitches
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As of Summer 2007 the road up the west side of Kinnebasket is washed out and the only reasonable access is by helicopter unless you want to canoe across the lake, then hike (actually reasonable if you have the time and equipment). There are no immediate plans to repair the road. In July 2008 we made a visit to the area using Alpine Helicopters headquartered of Canmore and also based from Golden. They do stagings every Sunday from a point 100kms north of Golden and this reduces the cost of the overhead to reach the staging area as it is spread among the parties flying into that section of the range. It's still heli-alpinism so expect it to be expensive, but the area is beautiful and access difficulties keep the crowds away.

If you're interesting in booking a trip contact Alpine Helicopters at "". Don McTighe is the pilot flying into the area at this time. We had a great experience with him and highly recommend their services. Aug 4, 2008
Dom Ngo
Dom Ngo   Canada
Are the road access issues still the same as stated above? Mar 24, 2011
I just went up to the Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) ACC hut to do some volunteer work this past week Jul 2018). We drove up the logging road along the west side of Kinnabasket Lake all the way to Swan creek. The road was in okay condition, but a high clearance vehicle would be best. Some active logging in there so the road gets graded about once a year. We were doing trail maintenance for the hike in to the hut. The hike is long and at times a bit of a slog, but once you break out of the trees the views are spectacular. The trail is well marked with flagging tape and cairns. Jul 30, 2018

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