New Route on Big Den, Strathcona, Vancouver Island, December, 2013

Nic Manders, Garner Bergeron, Philip Stone and Josh Overdijk have made the first ascent of Mia Couloir, IV, WI4, 700 m, on the north east face of Big Den, 1,774 m. The approach to camp took eight hours, the route took six and the descent took five hours.

Big Den has a moderate summer rock climb called Perimetre Ridge. The only other winter route is The Great Escape, WI3, 400 m, which climbs the left side of the north east face.

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Big Den, Mia Couloir, WI4, 700 m  Photo Philip Stone

Big Den, Mia Couloir, WI4, 700 m Photo Philip Stone

Josh Overdijk entering the bottom of the couloir Photo Philip Stone

Josh Overdijk entering the bottom of the couloir Photo Philip Stone

Garner Bergeron Photo Philip Stone

Garner Bergeron Photo Philip Stone

Josh Overdijk  Photo Garner Bergeron

Josh Overdijk Photo Garner Bergeron

Josh Overdijk  Photo Garner Bergeron

Josh Overdijk Photo Garner Bergeron

 Nic Manders, Josh Overdijk and Philip Stone on Big Den's rainy, dark, summit  Photo Garner Bergeron

Nic Manders, Josh Overdijk and Philip Stone on Big Den’s rainy, dark, summit Photo Garner Bergeron

 

 


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