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Rockies: Ishbel’s stunning new corner climb

Rauri Macfarlane and Liam Savage climbed the impressive West Slabs of Mount Ishbel.

Mount Ishbel is popular to Rockies climbers as the mountain with a large rock scar. As half of the mountain has fallen away over the years (a tourist attraction with a pull-out on the Trans Canada Hwy) climbers probable assumed the face was not good. However, Macfarlane found excellent rock and good corners during a snowboard trip this winter.

Survivor is a seven-pitch 5.10R. The only protection is minimal and the first ascent team said bolted anchors might increase traffic to the route. This is a mountain climb and lots of loose rocks exist on and above the route.

For more, check out Macfarlane’s blog.

Read about a new 5.13 on neighbouring Castle Mountain which was established this year.

Looking up at Survivor on Ishbel  Photo Macfarlane
Looking up at Survivor on Ishbel Photo Macfarlane
Survivor on Ishbel  Photo Macfarlane
Survivor on Ishbel Photo Macfarlane

 

 

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