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The Asylum, Kicking Horse Canyon

The Asylum was established by Jim Gudjonson and Sean Isaac in February, 2000. It hangs in Kicking Horse Canyon, near Golden, BC. The route does not always form. In December, 2013, Jon Simms and Mike Mason equipped the first three pitches with bolts and anchors. The new equipped start will provide climbers with access to  the upper ice, despite conditions of the lower pitches. Climbers still need to bring a single rack to #3 Camalot and an ice rack.

The Asylum, IV, M7, WI5, 170 m 

Pitch One M5, 20 m, five bolts + gear
There is a single bolt on left side of the equipped start to reference from.
Dry tool steep shallow weakness. Step right to low angle snow ramp. Obvious two bolt belay or link with pitch two.

Pitch Two M5, 20 m, three bolts + gear
Climb through three protection bolts plus gear up steepening weakness. Angle eases at the the top.
Belay at two bolt anchor on right side, below obvious corner system.

Pitch Three M5, 20 m, three bolts + gear
Climb corner system. two bolt Belay in small alcove on left side.

Pitch Four M7+, 25 m, Drytool up a steep corner on the left edge of the cave and make technical traverse out to the ice. Climb the ice for a short length then right into a cave with two bolts.

Pitch Five WI5, 30 m, Steep ice to the tree belay.

Asylum Pitch Four Photo Neil Greshan
Asylum Pitch Four Photo Neil Greshan


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