Tag Archives: Valhallas

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 […]

New Route in the Valhallas is one of the Hardest

by Vince Hempsall, October 10, 2014

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For the past three years David Lussier of Summit Mountain Guides and I have projected a new route on the little south face of Gimli Peak in the Valhalla Mountains. It’s a line that’s noticeable from afar and we thought the corner crack on the upper headwall was going to be incredible. And it is. But it’s […]

2014 West Kootenay Rock Guide Updates

by Vince Hempsall, September 30, 2014

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Wonow Media has announced the 2014 West Kootenay Rock Guide Updates are now available to download for free. The updates include over 200 new sport, trad and alpine rock climbing routes from all over the West Kootenay region of South-Central British Columbia including Castlegar, Nelson, Slocan Valley, Arrow Lakes region and Ymir as well as beta […]

Farewell to my Lucy Lawless

by Vince Hempsall, September 18, 2014

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A week ago I sold my 1988 Ford Ranger pick-up truck to a friend because the maintenance required on her was getting beyond my limited mechanic skills. It was a hard decision though as Lucy and I had been through some amazing adventures together. I bought her 7 years ago and named her Lucy Lawless […]

Mountain Goats Threatened at Gimli

by Vince Hempsall, September 20, 2013

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We’ve all seen them up at the camping area near Gimli Peak: cute, white, and way better rock climbers then we’ll ever be. But the mountain goats in Valhalla Park are being threatened by our contact with them and, in turn, our access could be in jeopardy. Luckily, there are a few easy things we […]