Category Archives: Climbing

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Zebra Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, December 20, 2014

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For further descriptions about climbs in the Arrow Lakes region between the community of Robson and Syringa Provincial Park in south-central British Columbia, refer to page 19 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide. Access: Zebra Wall is located on Broadwater Rd. just north of Scottie’s Marina and around the first corner. There are five sport climbs […]

Hall Siding Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, November 29, 2014

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For further descriptions about the climbs at Hall Siding between Nelson and Salmo, British Columbia, refer to page 76 of the West Kootenay Rock Guide. Access: Hall Siding is located 20km south of Nelson towards Salmo. (Note: The WKRG erroneously stated the crag’s position in relation to Hall Siding Road – it is, in fact, 1.5km south […]

World Exclusive: Onion Creek Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, November 21, 2014

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Onion River is located just over the border from Rossland and boasts a number of excellent granite crack climbs. In fact, it’s one of the only nearby areas where you can practice your finger, hand and fist jams and is highly worth the trip. It was developed by Rossland resident Keith Robine and a few […]

Kootenay Kalymnos – Climbing at China Bend

by Vince Hempsall, November 17, 2014

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Keith Robine warms up on the über-classic Pork Sausage, 5.11a I’ve had the good fortune to climb at some of the world’s most famous limestone crags including Kalymnos in Greece, Potrero Chico in Mexico, Railay Peninsula in Thailand and Vinales in Cuba. And while all these locations offer epic sport cragging on tufas and stalactites, […]

Ymir Swimming Hole Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, November 8, 2014

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To reach Ymir Swimming Hole’s Southern Bluffs, continue past the Lower Bluffs on the path towards the swimming hole for about 30m. On the right take the faint trail (it’s opposite the path to the river.) There are a few small faces tucked in this area: Ymir Swimming Hole: This is the fifth in a […]

New Access at Koch Creek Climbing Area

by Vince Hempsall, November 5, 2014

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There’s something so satisfying about improving access to a climbing area – even one that hasn’t seen a lot of traffic in the past decade. Last Sunday myself and six other volunteers enjoyed some late-autumn sunshine at the Koch Creek crags in the Slocan Valley (about an hour drive from Nelson & Castlegar) and built […]

Roadside Wall Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, October 31, 2014

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Roadside Wall: This is the fourth in a regular series showcasing the new rock climbing routes in the West Kootenay Region of south-central British Columbia. For written descriptions of these and other routes, download the 2014 West Kootenay Rock Guide updates.  

5-Minute Yoga Routine for Rock Climbers

by Vince Hempsall, October 25, 2014

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A few years ago I sat down with Nelson, BC, yoga instructor Trish Wilson and asked her what type of poses I should do as a rock climber. She came up with an entire routine for me and it was so good I asked her if we could film it so others could learn from […]

Gotham City Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, October 18, 2014

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Gotham City: This is the third in a regular series showcasing the new rock climbing routes in the West Kootenay Region of south-central British Columbia. For written descriptions of these and other routes, download the 2014 West Kootenay Rock Guide updates.    

Squatter’s Bluff Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, October 17, 2014

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This is the second in a regular series showcasing the new rock climbing routes in the West Kootenay Region of south-central British Columbia. For written descriptions of these and other routes, download the 2014 West Kootenay Rock Guide updates.