Mt Whymper East Ridge

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Vancouver Island/BC, Canada, North America
Route Type:
Hiking, Mountaineering
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Time Required:
Half a day
Class 3/4

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Mt Whymper East Ridge
Created On: Jun 30, 2010
Last Edited On: Oct 7, 2016


Mt Whymper East RidgeMt Whymper upper east ridge

A seldom travelled route with several steep sections including at least two bushy Class 3/4 gullies on the upper ridge. A little flagging but no trail. Follows the line of least resistance.

Accessed from an undriveable spur off the last hairpin bend on C29.

Getting There

Follow the directions from the Island Highway to the gated Copper Canyon Main as described in the parent page.

At ~ 42 km from the gate, watch for a marked spur “C27” on the right. Lock in 4WD here. Proceed up C27 for 1.5 km and make a very sharp uphill right turn onto spur C29. Note that C29 can also be accessed directly from Copper Canyon 2.5 km beyond the C27 turn. From the C27/29 junction proceed a further 3.5 km to the top of C29 being careful to keep right at a critical junction 2.0 km after turning on to it. Elevation at the top of C29 is 1,080 metres.

For the East Ridge park a little lower than the standard SE Ridge trailhead at N48 56.913 W124 08.976.

Route Description

From the lower parking spot on C29 at N48 56.913 W124 08.976 walk back down the road for less than 100 metres to N48 56.948 W124 08.957 to the disused spur there and turn left. You can see a dump of culvert pipe just up this road.

Walk the road for about 600 metres, crossing the stream from which the culvert has been removed on the way, and pick your best line up through the slash to a gully running down from the east ridge. Try starting at N48 57.114 W124 08.653.

Once out of the slash head north through open old growth to a boggy flat area at N48 57.176 W124 08.658.

Mt Whymper East RidgeEast ridge from the lower ridge
East Ridge RouteUpper east ridge
Mt Whymper East RidgeBelow the upper gullies
Summit view SEView down E ridge from the summit

Your aim from this point is to traverse west under the bluffs of the initial part of the east ridge above. To do this find either a shallow open gully running ENE directly out of the boggy flat or proceed due north to a treed col about 100 metres map distance above the flat. Turn due east at the col and continue right at the foot of the bluffs to intersect the gully route on the ridge proper at N48 57.182 W124 08.977

From this point proceed a short distance NW up through the trees before turning SW for the remainder of the route which meets the standard SE route just below the summit.

There are some flat sections along the way as well as a couple of exposed passages on winter/early season snow. Most will appreciate an axe here. Prepare also for some steep and bushy gully climbing at Class 3/4 on the final section to the summit.

A MapSource GPS tracklog of the road approach and route is available to any reader on request. Simply email or send me a PM.

Mt Whymper East Ridge Route
Mt Whymper east ridge approach & route

Essential Gear

Ice axe when the route is under snow and often crampons for steep, frozen snow on the open ridge.

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