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The route climbs 7 pitches directly to the summit of Habrich. Aesthetic, positive climbing on good quality stone. While the route does involve a little easy walking up heather slopes, no bush is involved in the route. All stations are fixed with rap chains. A single rope and smallish rack (see topo) is sufficient.
Access is ever-changing. For this year, drive to the gate on the Shannon Creek FSR, park, and walk up the road to the Shannon Creek spur. Turn left onto the spur (bush has been cleared) to a small campground. Turn left and grind uphill for 600m to the left (NW) col of Habrich, where the climb begins. (Next year, the gondola and a trail along the ridge W of Habrich will change this.) 2.5h up.
Some of the route may have been climbed before. Our goal was merely to develop an inviting climb by incorporating the best rock climbing available.
Sky Pilot, 4 hrs round trip from gondola:geoffgeorges wrote:Trails developed too. Have you tried this yet? Could one hike from the Chief, and then get on those Habrich trails?
http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topic.a ... C_ID=61583
Habrich ridge trail to Habrich and return to gondola, 4 hrs
http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topic.a ... C_ID=61643
Also, the MCR from June 3. 40 minutes from the gondola to base of the climbs on Habrich:
The best access from the gondola is via Shannon Creek and the steep slog directly to the base. It takes about 2 hours. The trail up Shannon Creek has been brushed out and is downright pleasant to walk. The steep trail up is improving. Yesterday, Matt Parker and I brushed out the lowest section, and diverted the trail around the crumbling kitty litter section. The middle and upper sections are improving with usage. Bring mountain boots and use your edges to help improve the trail more. Just below the col (base of the route), the trail could use a little brushing out (branches). A small handsaw and 30-60 minutes would do the trick. A short fixed rope up a small bluff exiting the creek (2/3 the way up would be nice too.
Al's Habrich Trail also reaches the base. But I highly recommend NOT taking this route. It takes 4.5h of steady travel. It involves a lot of up and down. It is very steep in places. And it is super bushy for a good deal of the way. I do say---in no uncertain terms---do not use Al's Habrich Trail to approach Habrich.
There were several parties on Escape Velocity, so we simulclimbed up the regular route and it only took about 20 minutes. Opinions of Escape Velocity from other climbers were that it wasn't that great, but it did seem nicer than the regular route.
The views from the top were amazing.
Is a four wheel drive vehicle required to get to the start of the Shannon Creek track you've cut?
Doug, access is via the gondola. The gondola owners improved the Shannon Creek FSR approach trail.
2nd pitch was wet, scruffy and loose which is too bad because it's the only real pitch on the route.
Everything else fights hard to avoid class 2 hiking on heather and the route is only somewhat defined by bolts often placed in strange places.
This isn't a moderate route on superb alpine rock.
On the positive side, nice rap route.
Given my druthers, I'd like to see how much the original route could be improved with some vegetation management and a few cairns as I'll probably take way less gear and go that way next time.
I climbed it recently and I would say this info is spot on. The view from the summit is worth the approach.dray2009 wrote:Climbed it yesterday (July 29) and is in great condition. Easy fun intro to some Alpine near the big city. All station's bolted. Short pitches, so keep an eye out for the stations. All good. Nothing bad to say about it. Great route for beginners or for taking out your less experienced buddies and/or for anybody to check out the amazing summit.
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