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Big Rock Fall Near Takakkaw Falls Route in B.C.

Takakkaw Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Western Canada and is a popular place for climbing and hiking in the summer. In the winter, the falls freezes into a 250-metre rarely climbed and hard to access WI4.

It seems at some point over the winter, a large rock fall took place just left of the start of the summer rock climb, a popular 12-pitch 5.6.

Bobby Gunning was recently in the area and took the below photo of a massive rock fall about 100 to 200 metres left of where the rock route starts.

Takakkaw Falls rock fall 2017. Photo Bobby Gunning

Gunning reported some of the debris was the size of vehicles, which you can tell from the photo took out large trees. Other climbers claim to have skied around the rock fall earlier this year, meaning the rock fall took place sometime during winter.

The climb starts at the highest point of the scree to the right and trends up and right finishing next to the upper falls. For more info on the route see here.

There have been a number of rock falls this year, including a large one off the north face of Ha Ling above Canmore, see here for more.

Takakkaw Falls route. Topo Chris Perry