Climbing at Williston Lake
In partnership with Michelle and Andrew Neis who have been building sport climbing routes at Crags in Williston Lake, we are building our first climbing trip out to this remote area.
Where is Williston Lake? This man made lake is situated in North East BC, and runs along the Northern Rocky Mountains. To get to the Crag, a boat ride is mandatory. We have chartered a boat ride from Williston Lake Outfitters that will pick us up in Hudson’s Hope. From Hudson Hope it is a 2 hour trip to the camp spot.
This is a remote backcountry location with no amenities. The camp spot will have an outhouse and a bear fence surrounding the camp. This is a camp and climb trip. We do have options for dehydrated meals from Wild Mountain Eats to choose from and your host, Untamed Tours will provide your first FRESH dinner at camp.
To keep groups small, we have also hired Ben Brochu from Hinterland Outdoors to be our third boatman. Ben is an accomplished guide and fisherman and we can count on having a fish fry for at least one meal. Ben also allows us to provide a few extra services such as running his boat up inlets for fishing, crossing the lake for hiking, or just taking a half day scenic ride around the lake.
Climbing Routes 5.9+
What is included in the package
- Charter Boat Ride to and from the Crag with Williston Lake Outfitters
- Camp Spot at Michelle and Andrew’s “place on the lake” (includes outhouse and bear fence)
- Insured and certified ACMG Rock Guide, Ethan Woodside
- Boat Belay stations (3)
- Extra boat for small excursions
- Lunch stop and tour of Williston Lake Outfitters on the ride home
- Fresh cooked meal on the first evening at camp
- Options for dehydrated meals with Wild Mountain Eats (extra/meal)
What you can Rent from JADEFit/Untamed Tours Inc.
Tents and backpacking kits
Rough Itinerary (things seem to change slightly on these type of trips)
Day 1 July 15th
Meet in Hudson Hope at boat launch for 9:30am, arrive at camp at 12:00pm. Set up camp and break into climbing groups. Lunch.
Head to crag 1 and spend the remainder of the day climbing
Climbing! Options for exploring around camp, swimming, or taking our lightweight paddle board for a cruise
More Climbing! Options to boat to other side of the lake, and explore some of the trails around Mount Selwyn.
Camp pack up, boat pick up and lunch and tour at Williston Lake Outfitters.
Ethan is currently an ACMG Apprentice Rock Guide and working towards his Apprentice Alpine Guide certification. Exploration and adventure in the mountains led him to rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing and backcountry skiing and continue to be his favourite pastimes. New routing and first ascents have become a highlight, with many first ascents last year alone. The combination of technical climbing and exploration of never before explored rock faces fuel him and provide goals for the next season.
Some of his First Ascents are
- No Lights on Fridays 5.8 A0 (5.10) 340m Trad
- Rockies Ringlock 5.9 125m Trad
- Filthy with Minerals 5.8 140m Trad
- East Ridge of Mt Abraham, 5.10c 9p 300m Trad
- Starts by navigating for 400m through towers along the ridge, followed by 9 pitches of traditional climbing with two 5.10 pitches guarding the final easier ground.
Getting to Hudson’s Hope
If you need to travel to Hudson’s Hope the day prior, we suggest staying at the Stillwater Inn or camping at Cameron Lakes
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