Mount Arrowsmith has long been the focus of alpine climbers on Vancouver Island all seasons of the year. Hunter Lee and Steve Janes have climbed a new three-pitch WI3+ M5R they called Scottish Soup Kitchen.

Scottish Soup Kitchen on Mount Arrowsmith. Photo/topo Hunter Lee

Scottish Soup Kitchen on Mount Arrowsmith. Photo/topo Hunter Lee

The route climbs the face across from the popular Newman/Foweraker Route WI3 M3, which was first climbed in 1987 by Don Newman and Greg Foweraker. Scottish Soup Kitchen starts up thin ice to a ramp followed by more thin ice.

It heads into vertical ice for a short step to a steep mixed section on good rock. You head far left to a chimney that is “well protected by a bomber bull dog, and 2 equalized nuts.”

Starting up pitch one. Photo Hunter Lee

Starting up pitch one. Photo Hunter Lee

You head up another chimney and a bulge to more rock and a slight overhang higher up. The exit is “a rather exciting beached whale cornice top out awaits with the last pro a good 15 metres below.” More info here. Vancouver Island has dozens of quality alpine and rock routes, most of which can be found in Island Alpine by Wild Isle here.

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