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Sunday, November 8, 2009
Cougar Creek Crack Climbing - Kootenays!
This area is a crack climbers paradise and it is home to some of the best slab and crack climbs in the West Kootenays! Located between Nelson & Revelstoke near Valhalla Provincial Park & Slocan Lake, this crag is well worth the effort to get to. Its quite isolated, has a rough logging road + 40 minute approach and there are almost no bolted climbs, so it doesnt tend to see much traffic. But............. if this is your 'bag' and you are looking for this kind of experience this place is unbeatable. The potential here is staggering; there are a ton of boulders in the area waiting to be climbed and lots of routes waiting to be discovered, so bring a brush and a sense of adventure and you will be rewarded, The rock here is very similar looking to Granite but it is actually Gneiss, the highest cliffs are about 150m, so two ropes can be useful and a wide assortment of gear. Get out and enjoy this place, there is also lots of other climbing around, be sure to pick up the 'West Kootenay Rock' guidebook just released which includes the Valhallas & Slocan City Bluffs, both nearby and also highly recommended as a part of the trip! Come spend a week even! ENjoY