Backbone Ridge With Fin Direct

Shirley following the traverse on pitch 13 of Backbone Ridge With Fin Direct. This is the middle of the Fin. Colchuck Lake dominates the view (July 22, 2006).


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jtschanz - Jul 24, 2006 10:25 pm - Voted 10/10


Very sweet shot, Radek. The route looks very cool. Nice job on such a long sustained route!


rpc - Jul 24, 2006 10:29 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Hi Jim,

Thank you very much. I read Haydar's Thomson entry. Sounds like you guys also had a pretty full Saturday (love that car-to-car stuff eh?). Weather work out OK? We had overcast skies all day (almost no sun) which was making us nervous and comfortable all at the same time :) Then we got sprinkled on (trace) on summit.


jtschanz - Jul 24, 2006 10:34 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Awesome!

Yeah same here - thought we heard thunder on the route and we were wondering if we were in for a rain shower, but it never happened. I guess the clouds kept it cooler too, which was nice. Great pictures of Backbone & the Fin - better route than Serpentine?


rpc - Jul 24, 2006 10:43 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

"better route than Serpentine?"
In my opinion, yes - higher ratio of good pitches / choss pitches. And the "good pitches" are really good!

Yeah, we kept listening to every sound coming from the sky as well "what that??!! Plane?!!!" :)

Thank you very much Jim!


Jerm - Jul 25, 2006 8:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

What time didyou guys head out on Sat morning? I think I heard your jangling gear as we slept in a blue pickup nearby.

We did the North Ridge on Stuart via Mtneer Creek and were equally dubious of the weather, but I never heard any thunder! Yikes. Turned out to be a great weekend though, bugs aside.


rpc - Jul 25, 2006 8:18 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Woke up 2:30ish am Saturday. We were in the gray pick up. There were two other parties prepping to depart the parking lot (Serpentine Ridge crew and 2 guys doing a thru. hike.....just trying to spread the blame for the noise ;) sorry for the wake up (if it was us). I doubt it was thunder - it was all planes I think. did get a tiny sprinkling on the summit (~5pm). Nice job on Stuie.


Jerm - Jul 26, 2006 4:18 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

No worries, we were parked two cars to your left, and probably made as much noise coming in late. It was a night for bug swatting anyway, not sleeping. I need some no-see-um mesh or something.


AJones - Jan 11, 2008 2:48 pm - Hasn't voted


More inspiration. Is this a climb worth doing? How's the approach? It looks beautiful.


rpc - Jan 11, 2008 2:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: More!

this is a great climb! Approach is short most of it is trail hiking (easily doable car to car in day). Route gets a grade IV+ but that's very conservative IMHO. There's a handful of fun pitches separated with sections of low 5th...these final pitches on The Fin are the main reason to do this route - beautiful cracks & a great granite face overlooking the lake below. Descent is easy - bit of steepish snow @top and then a long slog down trail. Think you'd like it. An easier climb Serpentine Arete 5.8 is right next door if you DO campt at Colchuck. Another classic can also be plucked from a Colchuck lake based camp: Colchuck Balanced Rock (III 5.11-, C1...something like that). Have not done that one tho.


PS thank you for the kind comments too!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Jun 13, 2011 2:35 am - Voted 10/10


Spectacular angle, I was just on this peak yesterday. I gotta admit that looks pretty hard core.


rpc - Jun 13, 2011 11:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow!

thanks Josh - naaah not really, like many ridge routes it's a bit of "real" piches + much much 4th & low 5th class terrain.

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