B.C. Big Wall Belt

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The B.C. Big Wall Belt is part of the Daniel Rivers Val­ley close to Pow­ell River. Over the past year, a num­ber of big routes have been climbed in the area with many big gran­ite walls. Drew Leit­er­man and Travis Foster made the f irst as­cent of The Ver­coe/McMa­hon Me­mo­rial Route (tongue-in-cheek name) on a face they called the Dude Wall, a 1,020- me­tre di­rec­tis­sima of the steep­est sec­tion that goes at VI 5.11 A2. “The Dude Wall is close to 450 me­tres of dead ver­ti­cal, in-your-face climb­ing with end­less po­ten­tial for free climb­ing if you wanna put in the time to clean out the cracks,” said Leit­er­man. This sum­mer, Zoe Man­son, Evan Guil­bault and Max Merkin opened the 550- me­tre tall Lady Wall V 5.10 C3. “There had to be a Lady Wall with a Dude Wall just around the cor­ner,” said Man­son. “The Hid­den Val­ley de­liv­ers the split­ters.” Guil­bault and Man­son had al­ready estab­lished the 600- me­tre Rob Richards Me­mo­rial Route IV 5.10 on The Gem and Rogue Tower, a 300- me­tre 5.10c. In 2017, Foster and Leit­er­man opened a new VI 5.10 C2 route on the Red Alert Wall in 25 pitches they called Jun­gle is Mas­sive. Also last year, Guil­bault opened the 27- pitch Sa­cred Stone VI 5.10 A1 with Colin Lan­deck on The Su­per Un­known.

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