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New 2017 Alpine Routes on King’s Peak on Island

Over the past week, the south face of King’s Peak on Vancouver Island got two new routes. For a great introduction on Island climbing visit here.

Heading up a new route on King’s Peak. Photo Ryan Van Horne

Ryan Van Horne and Hunter Lee recently climbed a new alpine rock route up the south face in five pitches. The first three were up a buttress in the mid-fifth class range.

The following two pitches climbed great rock at 5.9 up the east side of the south face. They topped out near the summit.

About a week before, Van Horne and Lee were joined by Mary Lou Piche for another new route up the south face. The first few pitches were 5.6, followed by two less difficult pitches.

King’s Peak is a 2,061-metre peak located in Strathcona Park and it rises dramatically from the nearby highway along the Elk River. There is a good trail to the base and many routes to the top.

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