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Adamant- Turret- Austerity Traverse T 
Direct Northwest Ridge of Outpost T 
East Peak of Gothics - "North East" Ridge T 
Houdini Needle(s) "Std" Route & Houdini-Pythias Traverse T 
Iron Man- Gibson/Rohn T 
Mt Thor - East Ridge T 
N E Ridge of Pioneer T 
NorthEast Ridge Mt. Austerity (Nester Ridge) T 
Pioneer via Pioneer Pass & East Ridge T 
South Buttress, Adamant Mountain T 
W. Face of Quadrant's So. Peak ("Cross-Hall")  T 
West Buttress of the Horn T 
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The Adamants Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Basecamp in the Adamants. photo by Harz.


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.

Getting There 

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

Climbing Season

For the Columbia Mountains area.

Weather station 27.8 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Adamants

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Adamants:
West Buttress of the Horn   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, Alpine, 20 pitches, 2000'   
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Featured Route For The Adamants
Rock Climbing Photo: Ironman

Iron Man- Gibson/Rohn 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  North America : Canada : ... : The Adamants
Known for their classic route "Freeway" in Squamish, this is yet another Gibson/Rohn gem. Perhaps the most classic rock route in the Adamants and maybe one of the best in North America. 8-10 Long pitches of crack and face climbing in a spectacular position above the Austerity glacier. Glacial retreat has made the original start difficult to reach. Begin on the middle of the buttress and take a ramp/ledge system to the highest and furthest belay on the right side of the buttress. From here climb ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: New-routing opportunities abound in the Adamants. ...
New-routing opportunities abound in the Adamants. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mts. Austerity (right) and Adamant (left) from the...
Mts. Austerity (right) and Adamant (left) from the...
Rock Climbing Photo: The South Faces of the Adamant-Austerity Range. Ad...
BETA PHOTO: The South Faces of the Adamant-Austerity Range. Ad...
Rock Climbing Photo: Map 3 of 3 (Southern "Adamants": Cairn C...
BETA PHOTO: Map 3 of 3 (Southern "Adamants": Cairn C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Map 2 of 3 (Adamant Glacier Area) Red parallel lin...
BETA PHOTO: Map 2 of 3 (Adamant Glacier Area) Red parallel lin...
Rock Climbing Photo: Map 1 of 3 (Northern Adamants) Maps 1,2 &3 paste t...
BETA PHOTO: Map 1 of 3 (Northern Adamants) Maps 1,2 &3 paste t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Map: "Close up Map" of Fairy Meadow Area...
BETA PHOTO: Map: "Close up Map" of Fairy Meadow Area...
Rock Climbing Photo: ADAMANT RANGE "Better than Nothing Map" ...
BETA PHOTO: ADAMANT RANGE "Better than Nothing Map" ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Horn/Unicorn Basin
Horn/Unicorn Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: On route on  Ironman. Over my shoulder is the 500m...
On route on Ironman. Over my shoulder is the 500m...

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By Fremont Shields
Aug 4, 2008
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.
By Dom Ngo
From: Canada
Mar 24, 2011
Are the road access issues still the same as stated above?

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