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Bouldering Expedition to New Remote Rockies Highballs

The Canadian Rockies have countless remote locations that hold big and unclimbed boulders few climbers have seen.

In 2017, Matt Hendsbee and Scott Eveleigh hiked into Wonder Valley near Lake Louis and found a a cluster of nice looking boulders spread across an alpine meadow.

“With the boulders surrounded by a horseshoe cliff band, it couldn’t get much better,” said Scott. The only problem was getting there, on our reconnaissance trip we did 32 km, way too far for a day trip.”

This year, the two Alberta climbers got a backcountry camping permit were joined by Zach Watson, Miles Adamson and Marc Eveleigh for a five day expedition into the alpine with big packs and bouldering pads.

“It took us almost nine hours to hike in over a ridge with three crash pads, 50-plus pound packs and more than 1,000 meters of elevation gain,” said Scott. “It was worth the effort and this is the result.”

All of the climbers have toured the World Cup circuit on Team Canada over the years.

They climbed a number of new routes, including Bonsai V6, Huck it to the Bucket V7 highball, Jocks in the Crocs V9 and Spooked V10 highball.