Whistler Campground Boulders
info by G.Cornell, Aug 2015
These 3 boulders are a good escape only if you are staying in the Whistler’s Campground south of Jasper, but not worth bothering if you are a local or staying elsewhere, however, if you are with family and got some time to kill and need a rock fix, this should suffice for a short period. Bring a pad. Most of the choss has been eradicated especially a huge block that fell out of the Xoph Boulder. i would recommend bringing bearspray up here also.
From within the campground, walk or bike over to the north-west side of the campground to Loops A20/A21 are located and across from the loop entrance on the main road is a pullout with a phone booth, and this is marked on the Whistler Campground map. Stash and lock your bike in the woods or if on foot, follow an animal/campers trail that goes from behind the phone booth and up the steep forested hillside – a five minute grunt- which will pop you out onto semi-flat terrain. You should be now in front of the Xoph Boulder (pronounced Zof) and turn north and you will also see the Appendix Rock in the woods a few minutes away. To get to Christine 16, make your way north and west thru some animal trails for a few minutes passing a low mossy boulder and soon after, the weirdly shaped Christine 16 boulder.
There is no further boulders in the nearby woods but ya just never know what some exploration will find you!
Christine 16, V0
Start on the back west side and traverse around the south side, make some fun moves using the horizontal crack and keep going around the north side lip until above a fallen log.
Xoph Boulder, V1 traverse
Smear up the lower east face if you like, and link up with a stretch onto the main north face of the boulder utilizing fun jugs, sidepulls and greasy feet. Continue around onto the west side passing the slot where a heavy block dislodged, and continue until it fades onto easy angled terrain on the SW.
Appendix Rock, V1
This funny looking boulder is easily seen to the north of the Xoph Boulder and sits on the edge of the steep slope you just huffed up. One line sit-starts off a short horizontal jug crack on the west side and traverses under a bulge until you are on the east slab. Go up the slab face.
Another line is to start on the west side and go up and over a overlap.
This boulder can hold many more routes and eliminates especially the untouched north end.