Style of Climbing:
Blackcomb Buttress is an unbeatable way to spend a day in Whistler! Let one of our certified ACMG Mountain Guides guide you up the Blackcomb Buttress in Whistler on Blackcomb Peak. Your Mountain Guide will take you on the short walk from the gondola, leading to scenic Blackcomb Lake. From Blackcomb Lake, we scramble most of the way up the 200 meter Blackcomb Buttress and rock climb short sections with difficulties up to 5.7. Don’t worry if it is too hard - your guide can always haul you up! Once on the mountain summit of Blackcomb Peak, you will descend the Blackcomb Glacier back to the lifts.
Please meet at the Whistler/Blackcomb base at 8:30 am, where we will check gear and go over the day plan. Head up the Seventh Heaven chairlift to Blackcomb Lake. Ascend to the buttress, and return to town for a well-deserved après!
Previous rock climbing experience, in the gym or outside
Have top-roped 5.6 as a minimum
Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 6 hours
Can hike 4 hours in gentle uphill terrain
Likes being outside
This trip is suitable for the absolute beginner if you have some experience climbing/scrambling and moderate fitness. However, even the experienced mountaineer will enjoy this civilized outing in the mountains.
Elevation gain from lift system: 620m
Climb difficulty: 5.4
Distance (one way): 2.8km
Boots – full-leather, They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
Summit-pack – 30 Litres capacity
Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
Lightweight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc.
Gloves (light and medium weight) – wool or poly-pro
Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile
Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down
Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece
Sunglasses – UV block with good eye coverage
Sunscreen – minimum spf45
Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, medications, etc.)
Water bottle – minimum 1 litres
Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
Walking pole – Optional but helpful for the approach
Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built-in paint gaiters or boot gaiters
Communal and Technical equipment: (Supplied by AMG if required):
Compass and map
First Aid Kit
Ice axe and technical climbing tool
Climbing harness – seat harness only
3 locking carabineers
1 belay device
Crampons – adjusted to your boots
Tape / Repair kit
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