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Grade Route Gear style Quality Climber
Sat 12th Jun 2021 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Waterline Walls Nurses Wall
5.8 Care Aid Sport 21m Good
Ross Hitchman
5.8 Care Aid Sport 21m Good
Ross Hitchman
Sat 12th Jun 2021 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Waterline Walls Big Boulder
5.10a V-20 Sport Very Good
Ross Hitchman
Tue 8th Jun 2021 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Waterline Walls Raven Wall
5.7 Tastes Like Saffron Sport 18m, 4 Average
Ross Hitchman
Sun 6th Jun 2021 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Waterline Walls Raven Wall
5.8 Silk Road Sport Good
Ross Hitchman
Sun 30th May 2021 - West Kootenays
Slocan Valley Slocan Bluffs Roadside
5.6 Pi Sport 29m, 11 Good
Ross Hitchman
5.8 It's a Mirekele Sport 29m Good
Ross Hitchman
5.8 The Big Easy Sport 30m, 10 Classic
Ross Hitchman
5.6 Pi Sport 29m, 11 Good
Ross Hitchman
5.8 It's a Mirekele Sport 29m Good
Ross Hitchman
5.8 The Big Easy Sport 30m, 10 Classic
Ross Hitchman
5.6 Pi Sport 29m, 11 Good
Ross Hitchman
5.8 It's a Mirekele Sport 29m Good
Ross Hitchman
5.8 The Big Easy Sport 30m, 10 Classic
Ross Hitchman
Sat 1st May 2021 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Kinnaird Bluffs Polished Wall
5.7 Muglugs Goes Climbing Sport 18m, 5 Good
Ross Hitchman
5.8 Shaun’s Pawn Shop Sport 28m, 8 Very Good
Ross Hitchman
Sat 17th Apr 2021 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Kinnaird Bluffs Polished Wall
5.8 Shaun’s Pawn Shop Sport 28m, 8 Very Good
Ross Hitchman
5.7 Muglugs Goes Climbing Sport 18m, 5 Good
Ross Hitchman
Sun 11th Apr 2021 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Kinnaird Bluffs Whirlwind Wall
5.6 It’s a Breeze Sport 15m, 5 Good
Ross Hitchman
5.5 Get Shorty Trad 15m Average
Ross Hitchman
Thu 17th Sep 2020 - West Kootenays
Nelson Riverside Crag
5.10b The Slant Sport
Mari Joy
5.10b Meat Hooks - with Mari Joy Sport Very Good
Mari Joy
Fri 4th Sep 2020 - West Kootenays
Slocan Valley Slocan Bluffs Roadside
5.9 After Breakfast Sport 20m Very Good
David Gibbs
5.8 The Big Easy Sport 30m, 10 Very Good
David Gibbs
5.9 Booms 'n Busts Sport 29m, 9 Very Good
David Gibbs
5.10a Industrial disease

A short 10a sequence getting off the ledge at bolt 3, the rest is pretty mellow.

Sport 30m Very Good
David Gibbs
Fri 4th Sep 2020 - West Kootenays
Slocan Valley Slocan Bluffs Pyramid Rock
5.8 Milkman

Took about 5 tries to get off the ground, after that was more work than expected, but clean.

Sport Good
David Gibbs
Thu 3rd Sep 2020 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Kinnaird Bluffs Whirlwind Wall
5.9 Invisible Man Sport 15m Very Good
David Gibbs
5.7 Invisible Crack

The WKRG update describes this as a "gear-eating crack" -- but it isn't my idea of a such. To me, that means, anywhere you stop, you've got at least a couple good placements within easy reach. Not so on this. The gear isn't bad... but it isn't "gear-eating crack" quality of good.

Trad 15m Very Good
David Gibbs
Thu 3rd Sep 2020 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Kinnaird Bluffs Yellow Sling Wall
5.9 Gentle Shist Sport 25m Very Good
David Gibbs
5.4 Exfoliation

Nice climbing up exfoliating flakes and slabs above the ledge.

Trad 25m Very Good
David Gibbs
5.5 Broken Corner

Good gear and good climbing throughout.

Trad 27m Classic
David Gibbs
5.9 5.8 Fine Line Mixed trad 27m, 2 Classic
David Gibbs
Wed 2nd Sep 2020 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Waterline Walls Raven Wall
5.7 Lhasa Steppes

Short, different, but kind of fun.

Sport 10m, 3 Good
David Gibbs
5.8 5.7 Smells Like Pine

Like several other trad routes I've climbed in the area, felt like climbing stacked blocks in places. Gear looked generally pretty good, if you avoided the looser bits. But seemed really hard for a 5.7, even climbing it on TR.

Trad 18m Very Good
David Gibbs
5.8 5.7 Tastes Like Saffron

A couple loose bits. Another one that felt really hard for 5.7.

Sport 18m, 4 Good
David Gibbs
5.10a Outer Mongolia

I stick-clipped bolt 2 (of 3) so was on effective TR for the crux of the climb, so I don't really feel right calling it a lead onsight.

Sport 10m, 3 Good
David Gibbs
Tue 1st Sep 2020 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Kinnaird Bluffs Polished Wall
5.6 5.7 Son of a Birch

Far easier than "Reluctant Gardner". I' not sure it is harder than 5.5 -- but I might call it 5.6 for one move.

Trad 18m Good
David Gibbs
5.8 Reflections Sport 35m, 9 Very Good
David Gibbs
5.10a Via Escondida (Via Escondida P1)
1 5.10a
Sport 9 Very Good
David Gibbs
5.8 Lazy River (Lazy River P1)
1 5.8
Sport 9 Good
David Gibbs
5.8 Shaun’s Pawn Shop Sport 28m, 8 Very Good
David Gibbs
5.10a (new sport route left of Reluctant Gardner) Sport 20m Classic
David Gibbs
5.7 Reluctant Gardner

This is NOT the same 5.7 trad climbing as "Son of a Birch".

Trad 20m Very Good
David Gibbs
5.7 Muglugs Goes Climbing Sport 18m, 5 Very Good
David Gibbs
Mon 31st Aug 2020 - West Kootenays
Slocan Valley Slocan Bluffs Roadside
5.8 It's a Mirekele

Generally soft, except for the last two moves to the anchor (one could skip, if you clipped the anchor from low, and called it done) -- but pulling the "real" finish felt about 5.9.

Sport 29m Very Good
David Gibbs
5.10a Industrial disease

One short 5.10a sequence coming off the ledge at bolt 3, otherwise pretty mellow -- maybe a soft 10a bit near the top, too.

Sport 30m Very Good
David Gibbs
5.7 Sahara

Getting off the ledge and established in the corner crack was an interesting challenge. Takes good gear once at the crack.

Trad 30m Classic
David Gibbs
5.9 After Breakfast

Tried to pull the roof direct ("10b" variation -- seems much harder than 10b, neither I nor Ellie who TRs low-11s could pull it). Otherwise, would have been clean.

Sport 20m
David Gibbs
5.6 Sunny Side Up

Early gear is a bit iffy, but otherwise pretty good.

Trad 20m Good
David Gibbs
5.10b Big easy direct

Climbed the upper bit choosing completely different beta from when I lead "The Big Easy" -- zig when I zagged and vice versa.

Sport 30m, 10 Average
David Gibbs
5.8 The Big Easy

Felt soft for 5.8.

Sport 30m, 10 Very Good
David Gibbs
5.8 5.6 Pi

Bolt 1 to 2 on Pi was harder than anything on "The Big Easy". Rest was comfortably 5.4-5.6 climbing.

Sport 29m, 11 Good
David Gibbs
Sun 30th Aug 2020 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Brilliant Bluffs
5.8 Megawatts

Lead all the pitches.

If you go into pitch 5 thinking it will be 5.8 the way pitch 1 was 5.8, well, you'll be in for a shock.

Sport 320m Very Good
David Gibbs
Mon 17th Aug 2020 - West Kootenays
Nelson Riverside Crag
5.10b Billy Jean - with Mari Joy Sport Average
Mari Joy
5.10a Hebbie-Jeebies Sport
Mari Joy
5.8 Grandad's Slab

little warm up, great for a new leader, well protected

- with Mari Joy
Sport Very Good
Mari Joy
Thu 13th Aug 2020 - West Kootenays
Slocan Valley Slocan Bluffs Roadside
5.8 It's a Mirekele Sport 29m
Thelonius Pope
5.10a Industrial disease Sport 30m
Thelonius Pope
5.10b Under the Big Top Trad 25m
Thelonius Pope
Wed 12th Aug 2020 - West Kootenays
Slocan Valley Slocan Bluffs Roadside
5.8 The Big Easy Sport 30m, 10
Thelonius Pope
5.7 Sahara Trad 30m
Thelonius Pope
5.10c Forever Young Trad 33m
Thelonius Pope
5.9 After Breakfast Sport 20m
Thelonius Pope
Tue 21st Jul 2020 - West Kootenays
Slocan Valley Slocan Bluffs Roadside
5.9 After Breakfast Sport 20m Very Good
Jacob Greenbow
5.10c Sunflower

Was pretty desparate coming around the roof to the drilled hold 😉. Was definitely redlining, chanced it and pulled through.

Sport 20m, 5 Very Good
Jacob Greenbow
5.10b Big easy direct Sport 30m, 10 Good
Jacob Greenbow
5.6 Pi Sport 29m, 11 Very Good
Jacob Greenbow
Sun 19th Jul 2020 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Lions Head Pub Wall
5.9 Walk it Off Sport 38m Good
Ryan
Fri 3rd Jul 2020 - West Kootenays
Slocan Valley Slocan Bluffs Pyramid Rock
5.10b Hot Pants

Fun climb, with some good lay-backs.

- with D-Lit
Sport 20m Very Good
Andy Gnarr
Fri 3rd Jul 2020 - West Kootenays
Slocan Valley Slocan Bluffs Roadside
5.10b 5.9 After Breakfast

Tried the 5.10b variation pulling straight through the roof and mixed up the beta and was too pumped after 'Salamander' and 'Sunflower'. Got it after a few tries.

- with D-Lit, Thomas Corkum, Stevie Valois
Sport 20m Good
Andy Gnarr
5.10c Sunflower

awesome moves including a pocket in the old drill holes.

- with D-Lit, Thomas Corkum, Stevie Valois
Sport 20m, 5 Classic
Andy Gnarr
5.11a Salamander

Thin moves but a good climb.

- with D-Lit, Thomas Corkum, Stevie Valois
Sport 20m, 6 Good
Andy Gnarr
5.9 Booms 'n Busts

Great long warm up

- with D-Lit, Thomas Corkum, Stevie Valois
Sport 29m, 9 Good
Andy Gnarr
5.10b Funky earth mother chick

If you like stemmy corners, this is a must do!

- with D-Lit, Thomas Corkum, Stevie Valois
Sport 32m Mega Classic
Andy Gnarr
Mon 29th Jun 2020 - West Kootenays
Valhalla Provincial Park Niselheim
5.9 South Face

Awesome day in the alpine, accidentally linked pitch 1 and half of pitch 2. All it all a good day in the mountains.

Trad Very Good
Andy Gnarr
Sun 28th Jun 2020 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Lions Head Pub Wall
5.10d Theodore Donald Karabotsos Memorial Route

Hard slabs

Sport 24m, 7 Good
Andy Gnarr
5.10c 5.10d Bar Star

Cool bouldery moves down low, followed by good slab above.

Sport 20m, 9 Very Good
Andy Gnarr
5.9 Deep Fried Pickles Trad Good
Andy Gnarr
5.10b Maple Stout

Good jams! Great climb!

Trad Good
Andy Gnarr
Sat 27th Jun 2020 - West Kootenays
Woodbury
5.10c Lovely Lady Liss

This one starts with a low crux right off the ground, and doesn't let up all the way to the top. Very balancy all the way up.

- with Konrad K
Sport 20m, 7 Good
Andy Gnarr
Tue 27th Aug 2019 - West Kootenays
Nelson Pulpit Rock
5.10b The Date - with Daria
1 5.10b 25m lead by GastonDon
2 5.6 25m lead by GastonDon
3 5.10a 26m lead by GastonDon
Sport 76m
GastonDon
Thu 8th Aug 2019 - West Kootenays
Valhalla Provincial Park Mt Gimli
5.10a South Ridge - with Jasmin Caton Trad 350m Mega Classic
Andy Sparks
Sun 17th Jul 2016 - West Kootenays
Valhalla Provincial Park Mt Gimli
5.10a South Ridge

Great climb! Glad I lead the easy stuff. Numb hands and feet and wet rock caused a few falls seconding. Big day but fun!

- with Chris
Trad 350m Mega Classic
Ashlee
5.10a South Ridge

Amazing! Perhaps the most spectacular chunk of rock I have ever climbed! First pitch was amazeballs, and the mountain goats like pee. Pitch three was aided because of wet rock

- with Ashlee, Emily Laycock
Trad 350m Mega Classic
Chris
Sat 25th Jul 2015 - West Kootenays
Castlegar Waterline Walls Raven Wall
5.9 Brads Corner

We topped roped this route

Trad Good
Blair S.R Leonard
Mon 29th Sep 2014 - West Kootenays
Valhalla Provincial Park Mt Gimli
5.10a South Ridge

Wanted to do this ever since I saw it 3 years ago, and if anything it's even better than I'd imagined! A moderate multipitch in an amazing location on amazing rock, with real climbing on practically every pitch! The move around the roof on pitch 8 is awesome.

Trad 350m Mega Classic
topher

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