THE PURCELL MOUNTAINS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,IDAHO AND MONTANA
The dashes are my correction for the mistake on Wikkipedia (solid pink line)
Located west of Invermere, BC, the highest peak of the Purcells is Mount Farnham
(3,493m/11,343'). On the shoulder of Mount Farnham is Farnham Tower; a technical summit made of bad rock. Not the kind of climb to recommend to a Mountain Project user. The link leads to a ski mountaineering story.
The Bugaboo Group
is the most popular. Other sub-ranges, or groups, of the Purcells are The Four Squatters, Farnham Group, Commander Group, Findlay Group (granite), and Leaning Towers (granite).
submitted as a clean photo by MP contributor nelsonthad, 2014
I painted it because the Great Gendarme rappel is nicely visible
Not much is said about the fabulous Leaning Towers. Justin Scurlock's
, an extreme mountain flyer and photographer, has published exactly the photos that Mountain Project people like. Once on the pbase.com
page, scroll down at bit to find the Purcell folder. LOWLAND CRAGS OF THE PURCELL RANGE
The valley containing the official headwaters of the Columbia River is mostly filled with unclimbable glacial till. But a few pieces of solid bedrock have been found and developed. Modern developers have given the gift of lowland sport crags.By the way, Lakit Lake and Spillamacheen are actually part of the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, not the Columbia Mountains or Kootenays. I put them here because both Spillamacheen and Lakit Lake part of the local neighborhood. Lakit Lake
is a well developed lowland sport climbing near Cranbrook, BC.
Lakit Lake Sport Crag
submitted by MP contributor bobzerl, 2014
A bit south of Cranbrook, some good sport climbing has been developed at Moyie Canyon
. No one has posted any beta for Moyie on Mountain Project (yet, 2015). The link should take the curious to rockclimbing.com
A little north of Radium Hot springs, the town of Spillamacheen has a nearby crag rumored to have lots of big hueco style hand holds. The chat at the crags indicates that this jug haul climbing area is actually on the Canadian Rockies side of the Columbia River Trench. Spillamacheen is included here, on the Purcell Mountains page, because it is very convenient for climbers visiting the Bugaboos. Stone Hill, Montana
, has a good supply of truly roadside climbs on excellent quartzite. Stone Hill is located along Montana Highway 37, on the east side of Lake Koocanusa. Some of the routes are on the margin of the busy road, others are less exposed to the noise and traffic.
Room With A View (5.10a) @ Stone Hill, MT
submitted by MP contributor Ulrich Taubenschuss, 2012
42 Total Routes
['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]