Nicolum Knob is a one hundred eighty meter granite buttress just east of Hope near the Coquihalla River and highway. Climbers have been coming here since the late 1990's although not much was established until 2004 when a small group of locals began cleaning and developing routes.
The safest way, and the way that is encouraged to avoid difficulties with the authorities is to park five minutes away from the cliff on the shoulder of the on-ramp to highway five (the Coquihalla Highway). This is the on-ramp you would take to head north on highway five towards Merritt if you were coming from Manning Park on the Hope-Princeton highway (highway three). To get there from the lower mainland or the Fraser Valley head east on highway one (Trans-Canada) past Hope until it is possible to exit onto highway 3 (just a few minutes beyond Hope). Almost immediately, look for the Nicolum Creek campsite to the left. Once in front of the campsite turn back towards Hope (once again on highway three) looking for an exit for highway five to driver's right. Park anywhere along the shoulder of this descending on-ramp so you can cross Nicolum Creek on foot, walking along the side of the highway. Just after the highway crosses the creek look for some small hubcaps marking the beginning of the trail to the bluff. The hubcaps are nailed to a small tree just to the right of the highway ditch and the end of the highway barriers.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Nicolum Knob:
The Crack V1 5 Boulder, 17'
First Blood 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Sakura 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Land Down Under 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Greed 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Exaggerator 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
To Bolt or Not to Bee 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13 Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Kemosabe 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Dead Soles 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Kyle Hudie Route 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Lust 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Life On A Chain 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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The Crack V1 5 International : Canada : ... : Nicolum Knob
As you hike up the approach trail to the crag you pass several boulders. On the west face of the highest boulder, this obvious splitter cack is quite compelling. Start on the left at a subsidiary seam and reach across into the main crack to get established. Jam and lieback the slightly overhanging crack to an exit on the right at the top. The landing below the route has a partly-buried rock and can be serious if falling off without a pad.There are several other cleaned boulder problems in the vi...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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