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Four mountain ranges make up the region called the Columbia Mountains. They are; the Purcell Mountains, Selkirk Mountains, Cariboo Mountains, and Monashee Mountains.
The Selkirk Mountains are where to find the Adamant Group, Mount Sir Sandford, Mount Sir Donald, and the Battle Range. The outstanding sport crag of Slocan Bluffs is in the Selkirks, along with all of the other Kootenay rock climbing areas around Nelson and Castlegar.
The Purcell Mountains are where to find the Bugaboos, Vowells, and Leaning Towers; the islands of good rock in a range of choss. In general, the rocks that crop out along the the logging roads of the Purcells tend to be less appealing, softer, metamorphic rocks; mica schist for example.
The Monashee Range has two groups of steep, alpine, peaks to recommend; Mt Begbie, near Revelstoke and the Mt Odin/Mt Thor peaks, above Shelter Bay on Upper Arrow Lake. South of Revelstoke, along Highway 23, there is good sport climbing on quartzite. Begbie Bluffs and Blanket Creek have lots of fixed draws on really steep stuff. Not a lot of moderates though, but enough for those who are okay with 5.10.
Caribou Mountains see mostly ski industry visitors, via choppers. William L Putnam had this to say in 1971: "There still remain a dozen unclimbed summits exceeding 9,000' in the Northernmost Cariboos." The Caribous are mostly drained by the Fraser River, but nevertheless are still is considered a range of the Columbia Mountains. MOUNTAIN CONDITION REPORTS
Canadian mountain guides have been around a long time, more than a century now. The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
generously share their hard won observations and photographs of current conditions for both the Columbia Mountains and Canadian Rockies.
Weather station 15.9 miles from here
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Beckey-Chouinard 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b North America
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This is a Bugaboos mega-classic that draws climbers from around the world and for obvious reasons. It's 2000' tall and has pitch after pitch of 5.8 and 5.9 climbing with short sections of 5.10 thrown in here and there for good measure. The elegant line follows a large buttress that soars up the full height of the west face. This is a full value route with excellent climbing, great position and spectacular views. Not to be missed. P1: From a slab on the right side of the ridge climb up crac...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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