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RFW Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, May 10, 2015

RFW Wall route topo

RFW Wall is located just past Scottie’s Marina on Broadwater Road. It features five of the best moderate trad/mixed routes in the area. For route and access descriptions please see page 21 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide. For a written description of La Femme Fromage, download the 2014 West Kootenay Rock Guide updates. RFW Wall […]

Popcorn Party Recap & Recipes

by Vince Hempsall, May 7, 2015

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On Friday, April 17, 2015 Marley Bassett celebrated her birthday with the first-ever-of-its-kind “Pop Off” popcorn party. Twenty-four of Marley’s friends (2 to a team) were invited to vie for glory by making popcorn recipes in three different divisions: “Savoury,” “Sweet” and “Open.” Each had 30 minutes to create their dish and then offer it […]

Review of the Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag & Q-Core Sleeping Pad

by Vince Hempsall, May 5, 2015

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Recently I was asked to review the Big Agnes Lost Ranger sleeping bag and Q-Core insulated pad – a sleep system that subscribes to the theory that down is useless crushed under your body weight and instead you should utilize the sleeping pad’s insulating qualities. The Lost Ranger bag only has down in two-thirds of […]

Champion Crag Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, April 29, 2015

Champion Crag View

Champion crag is located high on the east rim of the Columbia River valley south of Castlegar. The cliff can be seen from the highway (near Genelle) as a band of dark rock surrounded by lighter coloured rock on all sides. There is also a large, left-leaning crack near the center of the cliff. Access: […]

3 Things That Will Make You Climb a Grade Harder This Year

by Vince Hempsall, April 8, 2015

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A few years ago, while on a trip to the climbing paradise of Kalymnos, Greece, I was loaned a copy of Arno Ilgner’s The Rock Warrior’s Way. It immediately made an impression because, unlike other training manuals I had read with their “do finger pull-ups until you weep” advice, Arno’s book dealt with the mental aspect […]

Review of the Sea to Summit Talus TS3 Sleeping Bag

by Vince Hempsall, March 30, 2015

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  When I was asked to review a Sea to Summit product, specifically the Talus TS3 sleeping bag, I jumped at the chance to check out something made by a company I respect so much. The Talus series of sleeping bags isn’t made from eVent fabric (unlike my favourite compression dry sacks made by Sea […]

Wapiti Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, March 10, 2015

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For further descriptions about climbs in the Arrow Lakes area near the community of Castlegar in south-central British Columbia, Canada, refer to page 19 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide. Access: This wall has, arguably, the easiest access in the Kootenays. (The name comes from the Cree word for “elk.”) It is located 650m south of […]

Epic Bobsled Crash…and Recovery

by Vince Hempsall, March 9, 2015

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The videos below show our bobsled team from Nelson, British Columbia, wiping out and then recovering at the Rossland Winter Carnival on Jan 31, 2015. Some footage was taken by Rossland mountain guide and our buddy Bob Sawyer and others were random folks who shared their vids with us after the festival. My fiancé Marley […]

The Ant Hill Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, February 20, 2015

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For further descriptions about climbs at the CIC Slabs area in the city of Nelson in south-central British Columbia, Canada, refer to page 61 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide. Access: The Ant Hill is located just below the Sunnyside Crag near the West side of the Svoboda parking lot. (See page 67 of the […]

Rangers, Raptors & Revolvers – Busted in the Bend

by Vince Hempsall, February 17, 2015

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A few months ago I wrote a blog about a magical land just over the border from Rossland where you can climb steep, limestone in a solar oven in winter. The area’s called China Bend and it features tufa-pinching classics in a south-facing setting overlooking the Columbia River. What it also offers is a nesting […]