Story and Photos by: The Range Life

This October after most of the crowds had disappeared from British Columbia
and river levels were steadily dropping, a small paddling crew consisting of
Bryan Smith, Todd Gillman, Shane Robinson and Chris Tretwold discovered an
impressive new steep creek in the Squamish/Whistler area. Dipper Creek
drains the eastern flanks of the Pemberton Ice Cap, flowing into the Upper
Squamish at a rate of over 500 feet per mile. This descent was a long time
in the making for the team.

They first discovered the canyon on an aerial
scout of the Upper Squamish back in 2005, but it took 7 different scouting
missions to determine if the run was navigable. In 2007 they put on the
creek and discovered a incredible series of waterfalls that lead into a
serious river gorge. With the river right wall easily exceeding 500 feet
straight from the river, the team was forced into further scouting. It took
them almost an entire year from then to piece together the next 5 kilometers
of Dipper before it joined the Upper Squamish.

What makes Dipper unique is the ease of access and clean nature of such a
committing run. With a number of waterfalls ranging from 20-60 feet and
numerous bedrock slides, the run is destined to become one of the most
sought after steep creeks in British Columbia. The back story of the team’s
discovery is as intriguing as the run itself.

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