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Distance From Squamish
About 194 km
Closest City
Campbell River About 32 km

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Colonel Foster

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About

The East Face of Colonel Foster is the heart of alpine rock on Vancouver Island with its sweeping buttresses and deep couloirs looming 1000 metres above Landslide Lake. The rock runs from perfect bullet proof basalt with awesome in-cuts to atrociously loose and with huge run-outs. Most of the climbing is low 5th class or easier, but exposure is great and retreat could be next to impossible. Getting off the mountain often proves just as difficult as climbing, loose rock, tricky route finding and scary rappels all add to the experience. On Foster the summit is definitely only halfway. The glacier around Foster (berg) Lake must be negotiated to reach any of the East face routes. An ice axe is a must and by August a set of light weight crampons is often a good idea. Campsites are on the old moraine around Foster Lake with Colonel Foster standing above.

Directions

Mt. Colonel Foster is located in Strathcona Provincial Park at the end of the Elk River Trail (ERT). Drive west of Campbell River on Highway 28 for about 65km to the sign posted trailhead and large parking lot. The well maintained trail climbs about 600 metres over the 11km to Landslide Lake. To reach the climbers camp at Foster lake take the trail on the east (left) side of Landslide Lake up through the slide alder and timber then back down to the stream draining Foster Lake. Follow the stream up to the lake. The hike up the ERT to Foster Lake takes about 3.5 - 5 hours with overnight camping gear and climbing equipment. If you start late on the trail there are designated camping spots at 6 and 9 km with outhouse and bear caches, but to have a real chance of climbing the mountain you need to stay at Foster Lake.

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