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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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
Sylvester Road turnoff from Highway 7
Turn for shuttle parking
Shuttle parking (landing)
Turn for trailhead
Trailhead (end of landing)
First jump into creek
End of technical section
Exit left to find road (approximate)
Still to come…
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.”