For those heading out today, a large piece of rock has fallen off The Chief near Angel’s Crest and the police are clearing out the North Wall area. If you are heading up, the North Walls is now closed. A few people who were bouldering at The Farm said that the scar on The Chief is visible and there is a lot of dust from the the rock debris.
Emergency crews had the Mamquam service road blocked off all day without finding anyone who was injured by the fall. A few climbers around the problem The Tugger in the Sheriff’s Badge area reported feeling some small rocks falling but nothing major in that area.
The amount rock that fell was estimated at 1000 cubic meters and left a large brown scar at the top of the wall. Routes that may be affected include Alaskan Highway, which was directly below the fall and a route put up in the last year or two by Matt Matt Maddaloni named ‘Chilkoot Pass’ that has now lost one or two of its pitches.
CBC article on rock fall can be found here.
Paul Cordy and Eric Hughes posing with the rock that fell off The Chief. Photo: Matt Maddaloni ©
All the orange rock in this picture is apparently gone except for the roof. Photo: Matt Maddaloni ©
Most of the rock above the climber here fell off. Photo: Matt Maddaloni ©
Picture by Matt Maddaloni today showing Alaskan Highway in red and Chilkoot Pass in blue. Photo: Matt Maddaloni ©
Special thanks to Matt Maddaloni for the photos.