Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lost Creek – Beta

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At a Glance

ACA Rating: 2C I or 3C I
French Rating: v2a4 I (If jumping first waterfall, v2a6 I) *
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Distance: Technical section – 300m
Rappels: 0 to 2, up to 7 meters

 

Overview

A short and easy canyon, a couple of hours east of Vancouver.  Beautiful narrows, nice short swims, and lovely cascades.  The canyon can be descended in two styles: rappelling, or jumping.

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Gear

Standard gear, including wetsuit and rappel equipment, unless comfortable with jumps of up to 5m.  Adequate rope for a maximum 7m rappel.  Webbing/rapides for up to 2 rappels off natural anchors close to the drops.

Maps

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200847126898979041951.0004d68632d1435910c80&msa=0&ll=49.243697,-122.240349&spn=0.301239,0.793076

To the Trailhead

From downtown Mission, drive eastbound on Highway 7 for 8 km, to Sylvester Road.  Turn northbound (big gas station on the corner is a great spot to stock up on last minute supplies.)  Drive 22 km, along pavement, then a well graded logging road.  Turn left onto a spur, signed Lost-Lease, and continue 1.3 km, to a spur on the right.  Turn up here, and park in the incredibly filthy clearing. As you enter the clearing, look to your left – this is where you’ll find the trail.

Approach

Drop into the trees, and follow the trail down to the creekside. Follow the sound to the top of the waterfall.  There are two ways down, here: follow a trail down and around the falls, to the left, or make the 45 foot jump into the plunge pool below…

 

Route Details

From the pool at the bottom of the 12m waterfall, head downstream, scrambling, downclimbing and wading.  Follow a curve to the left.  The stream is split by a huge boulder in the middle.  Keep up and to the right side of the boulder, onto a ledge, and jump into the deep pool beyond.  The clear water lets you see the depth nicely.  If you’re feeling particularly nervy, go to the left instead, and climb to a high promontory, about 6 or 8m above the water – there are a few options here.

If you plan to rappel this drop, and the water is low, there is a chockstone wedged in the flow on the right side of the boulder – you should be able to thread webbing through, and rap off of this.  Otherwise, there is a boulder a little bit above the channel on the left that will provide an anchor.

Rapping the first drop in Lost

Rapping the first drop in Lost

Approaching the hallway swim

Approaching the hallway swim

A tighter section of narrows

A tighter section of narrows

Continue downstream, swimming through a beautiful, dripping hallway.  Some nice narrows follow…  Eventually, reach a spot with a pouroff on the left, but an easy downclimb to the right of a boulder into a small pool.  Swim out under the boulder – this is a nice, unusual feature.

Round a small fin of rock, up onto a landing before the final cascade to a pool below.  Once again, keep right, moving as far out as you can, and jump into the deep pool.  Otherwise, to rappel, wrap a rope around the fin, like a bollard, keep the rope low, and rappel off the two strands to the pool below.

Rapping the second drop in Lost Creek

Rapping the second drop in Lost Creek

 

Exit

Beyond here, the canyons opens and flattens. This is the end of “the business”.  The canyon can be ascended without technical gear.  Climb both the waterfalls on the left, and make your way back up to the 45’ waterfall.  Perhaps try a quick leap here, if you didn’t on the way in…

GPS Waypoints

Sylvester Road turnoff from Highway 7
N49.15575 W122.20968

Road to Lost Creek
49.33137,-122.250701

Turn on spur for trailhead parking
49.326838,-122.26252

Trealhead Parking
49.327796,-122.261393

Shuttle Parking (optional)
49.328299,-122.27033

 

* Reasons for rating:
v2 – “Easy climbing / downclimbing with little exposure.”
a4 – “Prolonged immersion causing some heat loss. Moderate current. Easy jumps of 5 to 8 m.”
a6 (First waterfall jump) – “Easy jump of 10 to 14 m.”

Winter descent of Brothers Creek

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On Wednesday, February 20, Kevin, Jeff and Fix went on a short trip through the lower part of Brothers Creek, descending the portion between the Crossover Trail, to just below the Skyline Trail. There was a lot of snow at the drop-in point (2077 feet), and some where we exited (1650 feet); we were also snowed on for the whole trip.

There were a couple of nice downclimbs shortly after the drop-in, followed by some nasty log jams.  just above the Skyline Trail, there was a really nice waterfall rappel.  We rigged it with a retrievable 2-ring webbing anchor off a tree on canyon left. A beautifully carved pothole was located at the bottom of the waterfall.

After passing below the Skyline Trail, there was a burly downclimb through a log jam, then we used a handline off a log to descent a short waterfall.  The gorge was fairly nice at this point, but we were a little chilly, and approaching private land, so we escaped up and to the left, passing below the powerlines to rejoin the Skyline Trail back to the car.

The creek wasn’t particularly special, but was a great winter’s day out in marginal weather, in fine company.  Hard to complain about that!

 

Full report is here!

Kevin

Terepocki Creek – Beta

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At a Glance

Upper Technical Section

ACA Rating: 3C II
French Rating: v5a4 II *
Time Required: 3-4 hours
Distance: Technical section – 300m.  Total – 2.2 km
Rappels: 4 – longest 25m

 

Overview

Terepocki Creek is made up of a couple of technical sections. This beta currently only covers the upper technical section.  This is a short portion of the canyon, consisting of four rappels, of up to 24m in length.  The gorge is very scenic, and there is quite a bit of water, with some nice swimming sections.  Note: Be very careful of water flow in this canyon! After committing to the second rappel, there is no chance of escape prior to the third rap.  The water is all funneled together for the top of the third rap, and it would be a very precarious spot in high flow.

The author of this beta has not yet done the lower technical section (due to rain starting, and an open Jeep at the trailhead!) The walk between the upper and lower sections is almost two kilometers long, and pretty dreary. The plan is to look for an easy access back up to the vehicle after finishing the upper section – it would make for a very nice short loop.

Gear

Standard gear, including wetsuit and rappel equipment.  Adequate rope for a maximum 25m rappel.  Webbing/rapides for up to 4 rappels off natural anchors (trees/boulders), mostly fairly close to the drops.

Maps

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200847126898979041951.0004d65c8c776920f64f4&msa=0&ll=49.367424,-122.263541&spn=0.017802,0.04961

To the Trailhead

The access to the canyon will require a fairly lengthy drive on logging roads.  It is generally well maintained, but conditions may vary.  To reach the shuttle vehicle parking, a section of rougher road needs to be traveled.  2WD is sufficient, but moderately high clearance will be helpful.

From downtown Mission, drive eastbound on Highway 7 for 8 km, to Sylvester Road.  Turn northbound (big gas station on the corner is a great spot to stock up on last minute supplies.)  Drive 25.3 km, first along pavement, then a well graded logging road.  Turn left here to access the lower shuttle parking.  Follow the road for 3.3 km, to a landing on the right.  Park a vehicle here. Return the 3.3 km the main road, then turn left, continuing northward. After another 4.3 km, there is a spur to the left.  The road is fairly rough, and heavily overgrown – if you want to save your paint, or have concerns about your vehicle’s undercarriage, park here. If you are fearless, drive down the spur for another 450m to a large, open landing. Park at (or walk to) the far end.

Approach

From the end of the landing, bushwhack into the trees, heading downhill toward the sound of the river. Follow a heading of about 215° magnetic, for about 200m.  Look for a rocky outcrop, jutting out a couple of meters above the creek.  This is your jump in!

Route Details

Hop into the creek here – the nice clear water will show a pretty deep hole slightly to the left.  As is often the case, it’s even deeper than it looks. Swim down to the far end of the pool where a large rock promontory splits the creek in two.  On the left is a large waterfall.  To the right is a narrower channel with a smaller cascade.  Anchor off a large log that sits above this channel.

First rappel

First rappel

There is a large pool below – rap into the pool, and swim across to the other side to pull the rope.  Swim through a narrow exit out of this pool, and wade and stroll for about 5 minutes downstream.  The creek now drops into a big, beautiful waterfall.  Move up and to your left, to anchor off of a tree.

Look down this second rappel, and carefully evaluate the flow.  The water drops into a large punchbowl, then down a second stage into an amphitheatre.  If the water here looks intimidating, you may wish to reconsider continuing.  If necessary, the canyon is escapable on the right, as you head back upcanyon, and a bushwhack will take you back up to the parking area.

Bottom of the second rappel.

Bottom of the second rappel.

Otherwise, continue down to the punchbowl, and beyond down the second stage.  From here, swim across the large pool to a narrow slot on the other side.  This slot narrows and becomes more shallow, and finally drops, on your right, over (and under) a log into another waterfall. Off one of the jammed logs, rap down into the next pool. (I have been told that this can be jumped, but I have not done so. Have the first descender check the depth and landing area before attempting to do so.)

Approaching the third rappel.

Approaching the third rappel.

Again, cross the following pool, through a little narrow section, to the top of one last cascade.  There is very little here to anchor a rappel – you may have to use a little ingenuity.  What has worked for at least a couple of parties is a knot-and-rock combination in a small pocket in the canyon floor, near the left wall (looking down canyon) a couple of meters back from the drop-off.

Anchor for the fourth rappel. Knot and rock chock.

Anchor for the fourth rappel. Knot and rock chock.

Starting the fourth rappel

Starting the fourth rappel

 

Exit

From the bottom of the cascade, swim across the pool, and walk and boulder hop for another hour or so downstream.  In the vicinity of the GPS point specified for the exit, look for a trail to the left, leading uphill toward the road.  Follow the road, left, to the landing with the shuttle vehicle.

Otherwise, continue down the stream for the lower technical section.  You can find details for it here:  http://www.canyoneeringnorthwest.com/TerapockiCreek/Terapocki.php

 

GPS Waypoints

Sylvester Road turnoff from Highway 7
N49.15575 W122.20968

Turn for shuttle parking
N49.34987 W122.22394

Shuttle parking (landing)
N49.37410 W122.24307

Turn for trailhead
N49.38446 W122.22265

Trailhead (end of landing)
N49.38246 W122.22549

First jump into creek
N49.38182 W122.22668

End of technical section
N49.37973 W122.22719

Exit left to find road (approximate)
N49.37409 W122.24803

Times

Still to come…

 

Rappel Summary

Rap 1 – 12m down a narrow waterfall, off a slung log.
Rap 2 – Two stages, total of 22-25m, off a tree on canyon left.
Rap 3 – 8m off a slung log.
Rap 4 – 5m off a constructed anchor (knot chock?).

 

*Reason for rating:
v5 – “Vertical sections in medium to strong water flow.  Crossing pools during the descent.”
a4 – “Prolonged immersion causing some heat loss. Moderate current. Easy jumps of 5 to 8 m.”

Goldie Creek – Standard (lower) Route – Beta

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At A Glance

ACA Rating: 3C III
French rating: v4a4 III
Time Required: 5-6 hours
Distance: Technical section – 0.7 km
Rappels: up to 9 – longest 30m
Total Elevation Loss: 700m

Overview

Goldie Creek is an easily accessed canyon, very close to the city of Vancouver. The goods come in a relatively short section, with some nice waterfall rappels coming in rather quick succession. The canyon also contains an amazing, beautiful rappel – 100 feet down a narrow slot, beneath a large chockstone. If there is a moderate waterflow, it is one of the most exciting rappels around!

Gear

Standard gear, including wetsuit and rappel equipment. Adequate rope for a maximum 30m rappel. Webbing/rapides for up to 9 rappels off natural anchors (trees/boulders), mostly fairly close to the drops.

To the Trailhead

Access Road:

From Highway 1, take the Mount Seymour Parkway exit. Follow it eastbound for 4.5 km, and turn left on Mount Seymour Road. (The small mall on the northwest corner is ideal for last minute groceries at the Safeway, or baked goods and coffee at Bean Around the World.)

Shuttle Vehicle: A shuttle vehicle is optional on this route. It will save about 30 minutes of slightly uphill walking at the end of the day, but the total driving involved will total about that over the course of two round trips. To reach the shuttle drop-off: after 500m, take the second right along Mount Seymour Road, onto Indian River Drive. After 700m, turn left on Indian River Crescent. Follow this (it becomes Indian River Drive again) for 3.8 km. Just prior to a tight switchback turn to the right, look for a wide spot to pull out on the right. Park the shuttle here, well off the narrow road. Return the way you came, to Mount Seymour Road.

Continue up Mount Seymour Road, 3 km from the Parkway (2.5 km from the shuttle turnoff.) On the right is trailhead parking for the Baden-Powell Trail. Park here. There is a pit toilet available up the groomed trail behind the information sign.

The actual trailhead is another km up the road, but there is no parking permitted (despite a large gravel area.) To save some energy, drive up to the pullout ahead, and drop off all heavy packs – either hide them in the trees, or leave one or two people to guard them. Drive back down to the parking area, and hoof it up the road. The route drops off from the apex of the hairpin turn, down into the trees. Find the obvious trail (N49.34442, W122.94608)

Approach

From the Trailhead: Drop steeply into the trees. (The “Trail Closed” sign refers to mountain biking.) It’s a little tricky to get there (there are a couple of ways) but you are looking for a trail junction at N49.34569 W122.94325.

The most straightforward trail was flagged with new pink/red flagging tape in late June 2016. Here is the simplest way to get on track correctly.

Start down the trail and after just a short distance (you make a sharp left turn, then a sharp right) you are heading down a long slope with a creek below off your left side. Part way down the slope is some red on the downhill side – your left. Break off the trail here, heading toward the creek. Follow the flagging – it’s not far. Cross the creek, then steeply up the other side, following the flagging.

At the crest of this slope, you come to a trail running left to right. Continue across this trail, to a fainter trail straight ahead of you. There is flagging here, too.  Up and along this brushy, fainter trail, and across a creek bed. Within a minute or two, you come to another trail running left to right. Move slightly left, and immediately right again, where there is more flagging. There is a small tree here that has two pieces of flagging tied to it. This is the trail junction waypoint mentioned above.

Get on this trail, which is marked with small diamond and square pieces of flashing, and follow it for about 45 minutes. It crosses a few other up- and downhill trails, but the correct route is generally contouring cross country. There is some fresh red flagging in a few spots where it may be unclear. Eventually, you will reach the signed crossing of Goldie Creek (N49.35291 W122.92010)

Rappel Summary

This is how we descended the canyon a few years ago. Conditions may have changed, and you need to be prepared for some inventive use of webbing and boulders/logs. Bring a lot of webbing.

First rappel – small groove, 20 feet off tree. Can be bypassed on canyon right, but following a small trail parallel to the canyon, downstream, for about 15 or 20 meters, then breaking off left toward a slab by a pool.

Second Rappel – 100 feet, narrow channel off a fresh pair of bolts on canyon left.

Third rappel – off boulder pinch at side of canyon, around corner and under boulder. About 35 feet?

Fourth rappel – off tree, around boulder. About 25 feet.

Fifth rappel – off a boulder cairn. About 45 feet.

Sixth rappel – off small chockstone. About 20 feet.

Seventh rappel. Two stages, off a large boulder, total of about 60 feet?

Eighth rappel from either a chockstone near top of boulder, or a smaller chockstone on left groove beside boulder. About 45 feet?

Ninth rappel – optional. Pretty easy downclimb using log at right side.

Exit

Approaching the end of the canyon, you will begin to see pipes and hoses, originally used to collect water for the homes below. (None of them appear to be in use any longer.) Stop and change out of wetsuits at this point, prior to reaching a bridge (alternately, change beneath the bridge.) Climb out beside the bridge, and turn right along the road.

This is a private road, Sasamat Lane. Please be considerate of the neighbourhood and drivers on the roadway. Reach a tee, and turn right on Sunshine Lane. Eventually, after about half an hour, you will reach a gate, and Indian River Drive. Turn right, ascend the tight switchback, and find your shuttle vehicle – if you’ve left one.

If you don’t have a shuttle vehicle, continue along Indian River Drive for another 1.5 km (15 minutes) to the signed crossing of the Baden-Powell Trail. Take the trail up the hill, to your right, and follow for another 15 minutes all the way to the initial parking lot and your waiting chariot.

Times

0:00 Creek crossing and first rappel – small groove, 20 feet off tree

0:15 Second Rappel

0:45 Third rappel

0:55 Fourth rappel

1:05 Fifth rappel

1:25 Sixth rappel

1:40 Seventh rappel.

1:55 Downclimb into small, deep pool.

2:10 Downclimb skinny channel, jump into deep pool. Followed by a couple of stiff downclimbs (avoidable)

2:35 Eighth rappel

2:55 Ninth rappel – optional.

Boulder walking…

3:50 (Approximately) Exit at bridge