We finally were on the home stretch. We had only 40Km left - now only if we knew exactly how many miles that equaled! The directions were pretty straightforward: "head out on the 1A until you hit the junction with 40. Follow 40 through ranch lands until you hit a sharp right turn. After that turn, turn left across a cattle guard and follow to the end." Simple enough? After a rough last 10 miles, we had finally arrive at The Ghost River.
The Ghost River is this amazing wilderness area with limestone cliffs on either side of a 300 foot wide river basin. Amazing views with a out-in-the-wild feel. This was the place I was excited to be the most and we finally arrived.
We slept in the next morning. That past 2 days of traveling had really taken it our of us so we elected for a later start to our first day of climbing in The Ghost. We were going to climb at the Silver Tongued Devil wall - a beautiful 400 foot tall limestone cliff. All the routes were 5.8-5.11, bolted and up to 4 pitches in length. Perfect.
It turned out, however, that our approach ended up being twice as long. Partly because of our lack of knowledge in Km-Mile conversion and some not-so-accurate guidebook info. Either way, the 4x4 road that meandered the river basin made for quick walking but it never seemed to end. By the time we arrived at the base, we had been hiking for 2.5 hours and roughly 4 miles. After a short break to allow our legs to breath, we geared up and started up our first Canadian climb.
"Heidies and Hilties" (5.10b, 4 pitch) was a great climb. Good pro on consistent and sustained rock. Awesome limestone texture with great position above the river basin. You could not ask for anything better. We elected for an early day as we both were exhausted from the long haul in so we packed up and hiked out.
Day 1 was done. The rock was amazing; the approach long. This is what is in store for us here in The Ghost: Adventure waiting to happen.
Written on September 5, 2013 by Patrick Betts