Elevation: 5,261 ft
GPS: 49.784, -117.749 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Thor Stewart on Jul 27, 2018
Admins: Kate Lynn

Description

Like most other Valhalla climbing venues, the rock in this area is a form of Gneiss. It is very compact and reminiscent of Granite however; it is well featured. The shallow angle of this slab route is in the 50 to 70-degree range. There are some thin and incipient crack features along the way providing protection.

The pitches are long and require route finding skills to read the route and anticipate the bolt locations. Good traditional gear can be found between bolts with skills and previous experience. Take one set of cams to 3” and doubles in the 0.1 to 0.4 range. A few small nuts are useful. Also bring 10 draws (including 5 extendible), 1 to 2 x 60m ropes, a helmet, personal carabiners, cords and slings.

Getting There

From the trailhead, follow the Drinnan Pass trail for about 1.5km. After walking up for 30-35minutes the trail will emerge into a large open talus field. Continue along the trail and cross the talus field below Drinnan Slab. At the far side of the talus field, the trail crosses a seasonal stream directly below the lowest part of Drinnan Slab. From here, scramble up and left for 20m. The route starts from a wide sloping ledge 10m above the bottom of the slab. It is a 30-35-minute approach.

Descent options
It is possible to rappel the route with 2 rope however, the walk off is straightforward and recommended. From the flat grassy bench above Drinnan Slab, walk in a Northerly direction towards Drinnan Lake. From the northern edge of the bench, there are two parallel gullies leading steeply towards Drinnan Lake. The left (West) gully cliffs out partially down and is not recommended. Take the narrower right hand gully (East of the 1st one) and head down in a Northerly direction toward the right hand side of a large talus field. Cross the talus field and follow open glades towards the mount of Drinnan Lake. From Drinnan Lake, follow the Drinnan Pass trail downhill back to the Trailhead. 1 to 1.5hrs.

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