Tag Archives: nelson

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


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 […]

Rotten Dreads – An Extra Foods Memorial

by Vince Hempsall, January 30, 2015


Two places in Nelson have a special place in my heart – or, more accurately, my stomach. First there’s the Kootenay Co-op grocery store where you’ll find healthy dreadlocked hippies crammed into tiny aisles filled with chaste consumables and $5 carrots. And then there was the former Extra Foods store, a vast warehouse where you’d find […]

Why You Should Love the Shoulder Season (and its dog turds)

by Vince Hempsall, December 15, 2014


The south-central BC weathermen are calling for flurries tonight and snow is forecasted to settle in the valley bottoms. This means we should wake up tomorrow to a beautiful world of grey skies and white and black streets bordered by brown yards pebbled with dog turds. On second thought, that doesn’t sound so beautiful. In […]

Hall Siding Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, November 29, 2014


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, […]

The Ugliest Story Ever

by Vince Hempsall, November 10, 2014


My fiancé is a fish biologist and I have to admit there are occasions when it’s difficult for me to keep up with her day-to-day activities, which could include “ion regulation,” “Parr-Smolt transformation,” or “Leptocephali.” (I think that’s how it’s spelled.) One day, though, she started describing a local sustainability movement to save this ugly […]