|Heather amongst towering walls in Pass Creek|
Have you ever dreamt of a place where limestone walls tower high above a meandering stream and forested valley floor? A place with roadside cragging, free camping, and where potential for new rock routes exist, both single and muli-pitch? Perhaps somewhere remote and off the grid for most climbers; located in a part of the world close to home with friendly locals and a mild climate most summer seasons?
It just may be that you have dreamt about a little known canyon in central Idaho called Pass Creek. Now before you jump into your Subaru with a mountain of stainless steel hardware and freshly charged batteries, or enough psych and food to stay for a month of cragging and projecting on already established routes, there are some things you might want to know about Pass Creek Canyon.
|Short and Savage in the Pass Creek Canyon|
Pass Creek Canyon - Lost River Range, Idaho
|Looking South down Pass Creek Canyon|
Home to Idaho's highest summit, Borah Peak and a couple of small but high quality crags know as The Fins, Cedar Creek, and Bear Creek; the Lost River Range isn't a complete unknown destination for most local climbers and mountain enthusiasts. Even Pass Creek itself is known for having seen some rock climbing development over the years. Despite falling off the radar as a potential rock climbing destination, the location itself hasn't faded from the minds of locals climbers.
|Heather starting up a route at Grey Slab Sector|
The PresentAt present, Pass Creek Canyon holds less than a dozen sport routes. This might be the point in my story where you question reading any further! But, I assure you, I will present a good case.
|Heather Lords climbing Troll Bride on the Portal Wall. This route was the first in a recent flurry of development by Dean and Heather Lords|
There isn't a guide or published information about the climbs in Pass Creek. As routes get added to the canyon, more information will become available. In the meantime, if you're really keen on checking this place out, embrace the adventure of hunting for and climbing the routes sans beta. And if you really want to know more about route location and grades, please contact me, i'm happy to share what I know.
|Heather warming up on Hornet at the Portal Wall|
Having only spent a short amount of time in the canyon, it is unclear to me whether Pass Creek will host a multitude of hard sport climbs or if it will be a location for easy and moderate sport climbs. As of right now, I feel the latter is more in line with the nature of the canyon.
|Excellent steep stone on Deja Vu at the Portal Wall|