Deep in the B.C. mountains near Terrace is a sharp looking wall on Split Mountain. Fuzzy images of it have circulated on the internet for years, but no one reported climbing the fine looking big wall.
In 2016, Grant Stewart and Tim Russell made the first ascent of the face via a nearly 500-metre steep granite line in 14 long pitches at 5.11+ A1.
The two climbers noted that their new route and another 650-metre line up a tributary of the Skeena River are the only big wall lines in the area.
The Split Mountain line was a multi-year project. Russell made a few short trips to the peak with Gary McQuaid and Nick Black to scope the approach and climb the first six pitches.
Then in 2015, Tyler McDivitt and Stewart spent eight days on the wall and climbed to a new high point. The full story on the route will be featured in the October/November issue of Gripped magazine.