Elevation: 3,557 ft
GPS: 49.412, -117.495 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: allenclimbs on Sep 12, 2014 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Mark Roberts, Mauricio Herrera Cuadra, Kate Lynn, Braden Batsford

The Climbing

Outstanding Alpine, Cragging & Bouldering in the areas around Castlegar, Nelson, Kaslo & The Slocan Valley. Beautiful mountains, valleys, lakes & rivers, tons of great camping opportunities. High Quality Granite & Gneiss.

There is a brand new (Spring 2020) West Kootenay Bouldering Guidebook! Check out westkootenaybouldering.ca/ for tons of great information and to get your hands on the guidebook . There are over 1000 problems at 15 different areas.

There is also lots of recent route development that's been happening in the area. There are now close to 800 routes!. Check out 'West Kootenay Rock Guide' for all the rope climbing information. Its a bit outdated and there has been lots of development since its release.  http://wonowmedia.com/ has an updates document for free download and lots more info.

Lastly, there is a slated guidebook for the alpine climbing in the Valhalla Mountain Range which hosts the bulk of the Alpine Routes in the area and hosts many fine routes on amazing rock!

Getting There

Located in a very quiet corner of Southern B.C
7 hours from Calgary - 3 hours from Spokane - 8 hours from Vancouver - 4 hours from the Okanagan.

971 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Kootenays West

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 4
Pure Uncut
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 7
Megawatts
Sport, Alpine 8 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Ambrosia
Trad 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Sunshine Crack
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 40
South Ridge
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
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
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Maniacs
Sport, Alpine
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 3
Sailor Jerry
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
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
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Erratica
Sport, 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
 3
Rainman
Sport, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pure Uncut Arrow Lake Boul… > … > Lounge Boulders > Lounge - Left
 4
V3 6A Boulder
Megawatts Castlegar > Brilliant dam
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, Alpine 8 pitches
Ambrosia Koch creek > Ambrosia slab
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Sunshine Crack Castlegar > Kinnaird Bluffs > Open Book Wall
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
South Ridge Valhalla Mountains > Mt Gimli
 40
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Hail Mary Castlegar > Kinnaird Bluffs > Hail Mary Wall
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Badger Castlegar > Waterfall Walls
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, Alpine
Maniacs Castlegar > Zebra Wall
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Sailor Jerry Valhalla Mountains > Mt Gimli
 3
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
The Mercenaries Castlegar > Zebra Wall
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Betal Castlegar > Kinnaird Bluffs > Open Book Wall
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, Alpine
Erratica Valhalla Mountains > Slocan Lake Bluffs
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, Alpine
TISM Castlegar > Zebra Wall
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Flower Power Castlegar > Tulip Falls
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, Alpine
Rainman Castlegar > Kinnaird Bluffs > Open Book Wall
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, Alpine
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