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About Elkhorn:

At 2,192 meters, Elkhorn is the second highest peak on Vancouver Island and pretender to the Golden Hindeís crown. It is one of the Islandís most aesthetic summits, with a classic Matterhorn shape. Elkhorn can be climbed as a long day trip by fit parties although the mountain is worthy of a longer stay to savour its climbing options and stunning relief. Elkhorn has a reputation for loose rock which is unfounded. There in undeniably some loose gravel on the easier routes and a field of blocky boulders near the summit but the steeper ground is solid and provides some of the islandís best alpine climbing on very high quality rock. The climbing potential on Elkhorn is vast, particularly on the south-west and east faces with plenty of scope for some sporty rock and ice routes.Approach: From the Elk River trail, reached on Highway 28. At a point 2km from the trailhead, the ERT comes close to a wide gravel bar in the Elk River. Above, on the east side the steep canyon of Elkhorn Creek can be seen rising up. Cross the Elk River and pick up a well worn and flagged route that leads high above Elkhorn Creek on to the west ridge. Continue along the ridge to reach the base of the North West Ridge or traverse round to the right on a snowfield to the base of the West Coulior. There is an alternative route from the Gravel Bar camp 10 km up the Elk River trail. A flagged route follows the right side of a steep creek then traverses in to join it near treeline. Join the creek and then make a long traverse to the north to the west snowfield or head up direct to the base of the South Ridge for climbs on the south and east faces. First Ascent: A.O. Wheeler et al 1912 First Winter Ascent: P. Busch, A. Watts Feb. 1968 North Ridge: Joseph Bajan, T. Muirhead, D. Smith S. Wazny 1972 North Face: Joseph Bajan, P. Busch 18 Jun. 1977 North West Ridge: A. O. Wheeler et al 1912 West Coulior: Unknown South Ridge: Joseph Bajan, R. Facer 1971 Into The Sadistic: Philip Stone, Greg Shea 18th Sep. 1993 North East Face: Tim Rippel, Jun. 1985 Winter Needle: Randy Pearce, Rod Walker, Feb. 1996 West Coulior (winter): P. Busch, A. Watts Feb. 1968
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Rock Type: Basalt
Type of Climbing: Alpine
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SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Harrison Route 5.5 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Into The Sadistic 5.10b 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Mitrenga Variation 5.4 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 North East Face 5.7 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 North Face 5.8 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 North Ridge 5.8 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 North West Ridge 5.4 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 South Ridge 5.4 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 West Coulior - Winter route 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 West Couloir 5.4 0
0 Average Rating = 0.00/5 Winter Needle - Winter route 5.7 0