Vancouver Island Rock Climbing
Crossing a stream mouth on a cable car on the West...
Climbing on Van Isle is often overshadowed by British Columbia's destination areas. Yet Vancouver Island offers something for everyone; from crazy overhung limestone sport in Horne Lake, to the glaciated peaks of the Vancouver Island mountains, to the remote granite domes of the Wapiti Valley. Vancouver Island is home to British Columbia's longest sport route (13 pitches) and home to Canada's second 5.14a.
Geologically, Vancouver Island is an interesting mix. The vast majority of rock on the island is bassalt; its quality is fairly hit or miss (but definitely better than the Canadian Rockies!). On the central island, around Nanaimo, there's lots of conglomerate and sandstone. There are a few patches of limestone, especially around Strathcona park and granite all over the northern island.
Most climbing is located on public land, however several areas currently are experiencing access issues. These include Horne Lake, Sugarloaf, as well as a number of areas around Nanaimo.
Vancouver Island can be reached by car ferry from Vancouver, BC, Port Angeles, WA, and Anacortes, WA. Passenger only ferries run from Bellingham and Seattle. Vancouver Island also has three major airports: Victoria, Nanaimo and Comox. There are daily direct flights to Vancouver, Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto; as well as connecting flights to the rest of the world.
Weather station 14.0 miles from here
69 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Vancouver Island
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Vancouver Island:
Featured Route For Vancouver Island
Scottish Soup Kitchen- WI 3+, M5R
WI3+ M5 R North America
: ... : Mt Arrowsmith
Begin by climbing up a short initial thin ice step to a slightly left trending snow ramp, followed by another more difficult ice step that took good stubbies and is followed by a short mixed traverse. Belay at base of this more difficult ice step, or combine pitch 1 and 2. From the base of this next ice step, face right, and climb the vertical ice in two body lengths, clear the snow and find the stienpull in the rock and carefully traverse to the left and into an easier short snow section that l...[more] Browse More Classics in International