New 700-metre, moderate route on Vancouver Island.

Henrik Hinkkala and  Hunter Lee climbed a new route on the North West face of Mount Rugged, the Lee/Hinkkala, IV, WI3, 700 m. The conditions were reportedly excellent.

Earlier in the year, a new route was climbed on the Island’s Big Den, see here.

The Lee/Hinkkala on Mount Rugged Photo Hunter Lee

The Lee/Hinkkala on Mount Rugged Photo Hunter Lee

The notch that leads to the upper snow ramp  Photo Hunter Lee

The notch that leads to the upper snow ramp Photo Hunter Lee

About mid-way  Photo Hunter Lee

About mid-way Photo Hunter Lee

Henrik leading the way to the East Ridge Photo Hunter Lee

Henrik leading the way to the East Ridge Photo Hunter Lee

From Hunter Lee, "We started climbing at 7:30 in the morning, the first 45 minutes lead by light from our headlamps, summited at 2:30 and back at camp at 6:00, a 12-hour round trip. And yup, the sunset was awesome!"  Photo Hunter Lee

From Hunter Lee, “We started climbing at 7:30 in the morning, the first 45 minutes lead by light from our headlamps, summited at 2:30 and back at camp at 6:00, a 12-hour round trip. And yup, the sunset was awesome!” Photo Hunter Lee

 

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