Marc-Andre Leclerc has returned from a successful trip to the Waddington Range.
Leclerc was in B.C.’s remote range for two weekes. He made solo link-up of Serra 5 and Asperity Mountain in an 18-hour return push from base camp, “So psyched to have completed the first solo ascent of Serra 5 and to also establish a 1600 meter new route on Asperity during my link up, Calm Like a Bomb TD+/ED1 5.10a WI3,” said Leclerc.
Along with Brette Harrington, Leclerc also put up a harder direct variation to the south ridge of Serra 2 called Straight No Chaser TD+ 5.11 A1. Harrington, Andrew Rennie and Hannah Preston did what is likely the first ascent of the integral south buttress of Dentaform (awaiting confirmation).
Harrington and Leclerc also made an attempt on the unclimbed Grand Cappuccino Tower turning back about a half pitch below the summit after climbing eight spectacular pitches of new ground to 5.12-. “An exfoliating off width that we had no gear for along with frigid temps and a long descent awaiting was the reason for bailing,” said Leclerc. Preston and Rennie also did the first free ascent of Thunderbird on Serra 5, eliminating the A1.