The Adamant massif is in the Northern Selkirk mountains, north of Revelstoke B.C. The sheer granite faces of the Adamant peaks are among the most impressive in British Columbia. The rock is comparable to that in the Bugaboo and Vowell groups of the Purcells. The Adamants combine remote access, superb rock climbing and big-walling, challenging glaciers, and excellent snow and ice routes. The west side of the Adamants is particularly of interest to the alpinist for the substantial walls of the Austerity Glacier and Horn/Unicorn Basin.
By foot from the east (Fairy Meadows) or by helicopter.
Known for their classic route "Freeway" in Squamish, this is yet another Gibson/Rohn gem. Perhaps the most classic rock route in the Adamants and maybe one of the best in North America. 8-10 Long pitches of crack and face climbing in a spectacular position above the Austerity glacier. Glacial retreat has made the original start difficult to reach. Begin on the middle of the buttress and take a ramp/ledge system to the highest and furthest belay on the right side of the buttress. From here climb ...[more]Browse More Classics in International
As of Summer 2007 the road up the west side of Kinnebasket is washed out and the only reasonable access is by helicopter unless you want to canoe across the lake, then hike (actually reasonable if you have the time and equipment). There are no immediate plans to repair the road. In July 2008 we made a visit to the area using Alpine Helicopters headquartered of Canmore and also based from Golden. They do stagings every Sunday from a point 100kms north of Golden and this reduces the cost of the overhead to reach the staging area as it is spread among the parties flying into that section of the range. It's still heli-alpinism so expect it to be expensive, but the area is beautiful and access difficulties keep the crowds away.
If you're interesting in booking a trip contact Alpine Helicopters at "firstname.lastname@example.org". Don McTighe is the pilot flying into the area at this time. We had a great experience with him and highly recommend their services.