Rick told us before we came to Canada that we should bring our rock shoes so he could show us his new ‘secret’ winter sun crag.
Rick Felber is one half of the ‘Bulky Boys’ duo (the other being Trevor Jones), a team who were prolific new routers in the ghost river wilderness during the late 1990s. Rick has climbed very few routes that are not of his own authorship.
Towards the end of our first week, the weather was turning warm and this seemed the ideal time to explore Rick’s new crag. We were sworn to secrecy but the crag is somewhere in Kananaskis, between the TransCanada HW and Montana.
Here you see Terry following Rick’s route, ‘Rusty Chains’, 5.8
The weird cloud effect is the remnant of the ‘Chinook’, a front that brings warm weather (‘eater of snows’) from the west.
Rick pointed Paul up his fierce little double overhanging problem, ‘Double Trouble’, 5.10, of which Paul made mincemeat.
Paul pulls over the second overhand.
The Kananaskis equivalent of chocolate cake at Shepherd’s crag, Nachos and beer in Kananaskis village after the climbing. Terry, Paul and Rick.