West Kootenay Rock Guide is a full-colour, 160-page, perfect-bound publication that includes summaries of 22 rock climbing areas and over 400 routes in South-Central British Columbia. Every climb around Nelson, Castlegar, Kaslo, Rossland and Slocan City, including the Valhalla Mountain range, is showcased along with tales of the rich climbing history in the region. (Did you know Kinnaird Bluffs in Castlegar was once the site of the hardest climb in Western Canada?) The book was researched and written by local climbers and route developers Aaron Kristiansen and Vince Hempsall and it features the work of local professional photographers. And, the colour-coded route topos are so easy to use, they’ll do everything but climb for you. Simply put, West Kootenay Rock Guide is the most comprehensive tool for any rock climber and recreational sport enthusiast living in or visiting British Columbia.
The West Kootenay Rock Guide Updates will be printed in book format for the 2022 climbing season. In the meantime, written descriptions of new routes can be found via the PDF link below and photo topos can be seen on the Rock Guide Updates page. It’s not everything that has been developed in the past five years but hey, gotta leave something for the book, right?