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THE KOOTENAYS

The Kootenay River Begins in Montana, running north into the Canadian Rockies Then the Kootenay turns west cutting through first the Purcell, then the Selkirk Mountains before finally joining the Columbia River at Castlegar, British Columbia. All of the mountains along the Kootenay River are called the "Kootenays".

The local guide book is the West Kootenay Rock Guide, by Aaron Kristiansen and Vince Hempsall (about 2009 no date in book). Rock climbing in the Castlegar-Nelson-Valhalla triangle is plentiful and well developed. Valhalla Pure Outfitters, in Nelson, BC, is the climbing shop to find the West Kootenay Rock Guide. The local climbing scene is quite old, keeping up with the standards of Yosemite since the 1960's.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Castlegar

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Megawatts
Sport, Alpine 8 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Sunshine Crack
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Frog Suicide Crack
Trad, Alpine
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Fine Line
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Hail Mary
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Badger
Sport, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Missionaries
Sport, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Maniacs
Sport, Alpine
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Pub Crawl
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
The Mercenaries
Sport, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Choices
Sport, Alpine
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Syringa Fling
Sport, Alpine
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Summertime Delight
Sport, Alpine
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Rainman
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Megawatts Brilliant dam
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, Alpine 8 pitches
Sunshine Crack Kinnaird Bluffs > Open Book Wall
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Frog Suicide Crack Kinnaird Bluffs > Whirlwind Wall
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Fine Line Kinnaird Bluffs > Yellow Sling Wall
 4
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Hail Mary Kinnaird Bluffs > Hail Mary Wall
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Badger Waterfall Walls
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, Alpine
Missionaries Zebra Wall
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, Alpine
Maniacs Zebra Wall
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Pub Crawl Lions Head > Pub Wall
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
The Mercenaries Zebra Wall
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Choices Tulip Falls
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
Syringa Fling Tulip Falls
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
Summertime Delight Tulip Falls
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, Alpine
Rainman Kinnaird Bluffs > Open Book Wall
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, Alpine
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