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#18925 - 01/16/17 03:45 PM Isaac's Wet Dream, David Thompson Country
rcheck Offline

Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 22
Climbed at Isaac's on yesterday. Lots of ice, mostly chandeliered and quite wet with the warmer tempeeratures

#19128 - 03/19/17 11:27 PM Re: Isaac's Wet Dream, David Thompson Country [Re: rcheck]
Grant P Offline

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Registered: 11/10/07
Posts: 1026
Loc: Calgary
*Cresent Falls upper looked in ok shape from the lookout with a bit of a blue tinge in places. However the open plunge pool under the left side looked deep and cold. There was an ice shelf under the right side and you could always do a rising traverse to the left. Looked steep for the book grade but would be a fun TR probably if you weren't keen to lead.

*Isaacs Wet Dream is big and fat with variable conditions. The whole thing is harder than the book grade. Right side looked pretty damn steep but nice ice and mineral tinted. Middle looked reasonable but getting wet as we got there. There was a large hanging dagger on the far left but to the right of this was a groove that was probably the least steep line but some challenging ice to lead. It had great solid ice that took good screws but it was covered in friable cauliflower ice that could provide good foot holds and rest stances if it didn't disintegrate on you. It was a weird climb, swinging into the holes of cleared cauliflower, to get good sticks, then kicking holes to get nice feet. Clear the cauli and then screws were mostly good.

*Isaacs approach. Should have probably had a better read of the guidebook. Instead I read bad beta posted online. I think directions about leaving the NE (far right) corner of the parking lot (follow road, cut left on pink flagged trail) were possibly good to reach the top of the route for TR. However we wanted to reach the base to lead it. Beta about down the hill to the campground and up the creek or river is wrong. After hiking an hour we turned back and tried heading towards the map reference. Some postholing and bushwhacking ensued. Eventually we found the climb. Here is what you want to know to turn a hells half acre approach into a half hour approach.
Leave the parking lot from the NW corner and head down the hill to the campground. When you get down to the river with the campground off right, Cresent Falls and its viewing platforms will be off left. As you're walking down the hill take a look to your right and you'll spot a small, treed, valley that essentially doubles back from the direction you're walking down. This is the valley you'll end up in. When you get towards the bottom of the hill a trail branches right towards the campground. It goes over a 30 ft footbridge which goes over a small creek. It is this creek you want to go up into a somewhat tight winding little valley. Follow this creek upstream and the waterfall is a NE aspect at the end of the canyon. Approx 5 mins down the hill and 20 mins up the creek. Do not go up the main river.

#19129 - 03/20/17 08:14 AM Re: Isaac's Wet Dream, David Thompson Country [Re: rcheck]
rcheck Offline

Registered: 12/22/09
Posts: 22
If you want to reach the bottom from the standard approach as posted online, follow the true left bank (clifftop) from the top of the ice. After a short while trend away from the cliff on a fair trail and descend through open trees. Trending slowly left will put you in a drainage that steepens a bit (fixed rope in place, nice but not necessary). You come out on the creek about 100m down from the falls. 5-10 minutes from the top


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