Mountain Goats Threatened at Gimli

Sep 20, 2013 No Comments by

We’ve all seen them up at the camping area near Gimli Peak: cute, white, and way better rock climbers then we’ll ever be. But the mountain goats in Valhalla Park are being threatened by our contact with them and, in turn, our access could be in jeopardy. Luckily, there are a few easy things we [...]

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New Route on Gimli’s East Face

Sep 18, 2013 No Comments by

While the rest of the rock climbing community was at a festival celebrating the sport and raising funds for outdoor route development, two Nelson climbers were hard at work establishing a new route on Gimli Peak’s east face in the Valhallas. On Saturday, Sept 14th, Cam Shute and JT Croston established “Rumble in the Jungle,” [...]

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Olympian Gord McArthur’s Video Presentation

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments by

The highlight of the 2nd annual Kootenay Rock Climbing Festival was definitely hanging out with Olympic athlete Gord McArthur. The Cranbrook resident showed up early to the festival, helped set up the top ropes and then volunteered and participated in the events the entire day until his presentation that night. (He even tried the “Tower [...]

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Climbing Festival Pics by Castlegar News

Sep 06, 2013 No Comments

With the Second Annual Kootenay Rock Climbing Festival fast approaching, we thought we’d share some pics from last year that were taken by Castlegar News staff. This is what appeared in their article: “The turnout from throughout the West Kootenay was good and indicated what strong climbing support there is in the area, as well [...]

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Local Couple Climbs “The Date” on their Wedding Day

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

The Nelson Star newspaper has just run a story about a local couple who, as part of their wedding ceremonies last week, climbed “The Date” (5.10a) on Pulpit Rock. In the article the bride, Kristan Green, is quoted as saying, “We were looking for a unique place to have wedding photos taken and we’d wanted [...]

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Kootenay Climbing Festival Returns!

Aug 30, 2013 No Comments

TAWKROC’s 2nd Annual Kootenay Rock Climbing Festival and Fundraiser will be held on September 14th at 2:00pm.

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Kinnaird’s “Yellow Sling Crack” Route Gets Modernized

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments

Words and video by Dave Lussier of Summit Mountain Guides: “Yellow Sling Crack” has been modernized. The 4 old rusty pitons on the upper half of this classic 5.10b trad line at Kinnaird bluffs were removed August 26th. The aging pitons were becoming a bit of a liability, it was increasingly difficult to know how [...]

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A new bridge for Kinnaird

Aug 21, 2013 1 Comment

Kinnaird Bluffs has seen yet more love this past week with the replacement of the decrepit, rotting bridge that linked the car pull-out to the access trail. Volunteers yanked out the old bridge and replaced it with a solid one built by TAWKROC director Dave Lussier using pressure-treated lumber. The initiative was spurred by The Association [...]

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A Guidebook For the Valhallas? YES!

Jul 26, 2013 No Comments

Nelson, BC-based mountain guide David Lussier has confirmed that he and fellow hardman climber Cam Shute are creating a guidebook for the Valhalla Mountain Range. In a recent release, Dave wrote: “The primary focus of this guidebook will be to compile all existing alpine rock climbs, mountaineering routes and scrambles.  We are also planning to [...]

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Greenpointing in the Kootenays

Jul 22, 2013 1 Comment

Greenpointing is the term used for when a climber completes a bolted route, using only traditional gear. Lately, a couple of dedicated climbers have been at work greenpointing various routes around the West Kootenays. One such hardman is Nelson-resident Cam Shute who recently ticked the Waterline classics Prenuptials (5.10a), Newlyweds (5.10b), Scallywag (5.10b) and Lieutenant (5.10d). [...]

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Boo-ya! Grohman Trail Party a Success

Jun 10, 2013 1 Comment

Another successful work party was hosted by  TAWKROC  and CASBC on Sunday, June 9th, with volunteers giving a face-lift to the Grohman Narrows canyon climbing area near Nelson. Kudos to volunteers Shawn, Hannah, Shane, Khaled, Nadine, Brendan, Youri and Vince for getting their hands dirty and doing a ton of work before hopping on the sweet routes [...]

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