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.
Route developers have been busy in the last few years but, because I took a hiatus from working on guidebook items, the updates need updating. Also, a lot of hard work goes into these and when they’re published, they tend to find their way onto aggregate sites like Mountain Project, which, frankly, is frustrating. So, rather than have the work stolen, stay tuned for the printed guidebook for more recent updates. In the meantime, click the link below to download a PDF document of some new routes in the area and, to see photo topo updates, log on to the Wonow’s Rock Guide Updates page.