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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 […]

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, […]