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THE KOOTENAYS

The Kootenay River begins in the Canadian Rockies running south into Montana then west crossing Idaho and through Washington. It heads back north into BC crossing the border at Creston then turns west cutting through first the Purcell, then the Selkirk Mountains before finally joining the Columbia River at Castlegar. 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 (circa 2007). 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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
Megawatts
Sport, Alpine 8 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 7
Sunshine Crack
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Frog Suicide Crack
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Shaun’s Pawn Shop
Sport, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Hail Mary
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Badger
Sport, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Racing the Rain
Sport, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Maniacs
Sport, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
The Mercenaries
Sport, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Betal
Sport, Alpine
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Merlin
Trad, Alpine
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
TISM
Sport, Alpine
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Flower Power
Sport, Alpine
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Glory Hole
Sport, Alpine
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Rainman
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Megawatts Brilliant dam
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, Alpine 8 pitches
Sunshine Crack Kinnaird Bluffs > Open Book Wall
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Frog Suicide Crack Kinnaird Bluffs > Whirlwind Wall
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Shaun’s Pawn Shop Kinnaird Bluffs > Polished Wall > Polished main
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, Alpine
Hail Mary Kinnaird Bluffs > Hail Mary Wall
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Badger Waterfall Walls
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, Alpine
Racing the Rain Kinnaird Bluffs > Polished Wall > Polished main
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, Alpine
Maniacs Zebra Wall
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
The Mercenaries Zebra Wall
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Betal Kinnaird Bluffs > Open Book Wall
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Merlin Kinnaird Bluffs > Open Book Wall
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
TISM Zebra Wall
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Flower Power Tulip Falls
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Glory Hole Kinnaird Bluffs > Yellow Sling Wall
 4
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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