A big landslide took place on the popular Joffre Peak in B.C., a mountain popular for climbing, skiing and hiking. No one was injured when a large section of the northeast face collapsed down Joffre Glacier and into Cerise Creek. “We’re aware of a pretty massive looking landslide,” said Sarah Morgan, emergency program manager with the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. “To the best of our knowledge, there was no one in the path of it. According to Pemberton Search and Rescue.”

Cerise Creek is used to access a number of alpine routes in the area, including the northeast ridge of Mount Matier. It might be too soon to tell what climbs have been damaged or wiped out all together. Three ski couloirs on the face are Joffre, Central and Twisting, it appears the Twisting might be gone or unskiable now. Many people took to Instagram (see below) to share their thoughts about the much-loved area.

Highway 99 was not impacted by the collapse nor was the popular summer trail, but many other less popular trails were destroyed. Natural Resources Canada earthquake seismologist John Cassidy said the event was picked up by earthquake instruments as far as 300 kilometres away. “It was well recorded in Whistler, Lillooet and even Vancouver Island,” he said.

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