Category Archives: Climbing

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Recap – Kootenay Climbing Festival 2015

by Vince Hempsall, September 26, 2015

Kootenay Climbing Festival 2015

It’s amazing to think the Kootenay Climbing Festival has entered its fourth year. This past Sunday, September 20, the TAWKROC directors again returned to the natural rock climbing wall behind the Lions Head Pub in Robson, BC, and set up a zipline for the kids, slackline, door prize draw, silent auction, and the always popular […]

Riverside Crag Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, June 10, 2015

Riverside Crag Topo Ymir BC

This east-facing crag boasts a great view of the Salmo River in a tranquil setting away from traffic. It is located in the woods across the highway from the Hall Siding climbing area. (See page 76 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide.) To access it, though, you must take an earlier turn-off. About 800 metres […]

Polished Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, May 27, 2015

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Polished Wall is located at Kinnaird Bluffs in Castlegar, British Columbia. Follow the trail up and to the left (North) from Open Book Wall (page 29 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide). It’s an excellent wall for beginner sport and trad climbers although it’s important to note that the anchors are not easily accessible from […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wapiti Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, March 10, 2015

Wapiti Wall Center Topo Wonow Media

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 […]

The Ant Hill Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, February 20, 2015

CIC Slabs Ant Hill Rock Guide Wonow Media

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 […]

Yellow Sling Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, January 20, 2015

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For further descriptions about climbs at the Kinnaird Bluffs area in the community of Castlegar in south-central British Columbia, Canada, refer to page 27 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide. Access: See page 35 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide for a description on how to reach the Yellow Sling Wall and Red Rocks Wall […]