Kootenai Canyon Rock Climbing
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Access Issue: Access to Kootenai Canyon REQUIRES a Daily Non-fee Permit
Access is contingent upon climbers being good stewards and obtaining a daily permit via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (see below for information required). For the sake of the access privilege it is imperative that climbers follow this rule and obtain the daily permit. Climbers MUST NOT climb at Kootenai Canyon without a required daily non-fee permit per person in each group. This isn't about just you getting away with climbing for a day without a permit - this is about the climbing community respecting private land to ensure continued access privileges while controlling the impact on Kootenai Canyon caused by climbers, erosion, etc. Don't be selfish -- The owners frequent the canyon and will be enforcing permits. A permit may be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com. Note that you will need to pre plan as this e-mail will not be checked on a daily basis. Please provide the proposed date and the names of every individual in your party. Once you receive approval please print the approval out and carry it with you while climbing. If you do not receive an e-mail back that means you do not climb. The approval will be for the proposed date only from sunrise to sunset. If you are denied access for that particular day most likely too many requests have already been accepted prior to yours being submitted. Please do not put in a request unless you have full intention of climbing that day as numbers will be limited.
Climbing on private land is a privilege, not a right. First Buttress, Second Buttress, Identity Wall, Sick Bay, Shuffle Buttress, Practice Rock, Spiderhang Buttress, adjacent rock outcrops, and access to Diving Board Wall and Outermost Limits in Kootenai Canyon are on private land. Please be respectful and a good steward of the property. Failure to follow the rules could lead the owners to ask you to leave the property.
- For now, all bolting is suspended, pending review of current route development.
- Do not access the tops of the cliffs by either trails or climbing. Routes such as Iron Monger and the Corner will now offer rap stations to return to the ground. To clarify, there is no walk off or setting up top ropes from the top of the cliff. Lower or rappel only on all routes.
- No camping.
- No fires.
- No slacklining.
- Please pack out both human and pet waste, along with any trash you produce or find.
- Please remove personal quickdraws at the end of the climbing season and, on a daily basis, clean routes that are no longer in use.
- Limit group size, do not "project" on busy days and do not monopolize popular routes, such as 11th Commandment and The Tempest.
- No commercial guiding, including programs run by non-profit organizations.
- Be mindful of erosion and use only existing trails to already established climbs. Stay off closed trails, especially the first trail leading up to the west end of First Buttress, and obey "No Trespassing" signs.
- As with any climbing area, be respectful, polite, and helpful, especially to new climbers and those not familiar with the area.
- A stick clip is recommended for those not familiar with the area.
- For now, the area above the Corner on the First Buttress is closed due to erosion. That means that High Wire and Town Pump are closed until further notice.
- Finally, please understand that if any climbing-related lawsuits are filed, the canyon will be closed to climbing.
Classic Climbing Routes at Kootenai Canyon
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