The Kootenay River Begins in Montana, running north into the Canadian Rockies Then the Kootenay turns west cutting through first the Purcell, then the Selkirk Mountains before finally joining the Columbia River at Castlegar, British Columbia. All of the mountains along the Kootenay River are called the "Kootenays".
The local guide book is the West Kootenay Rock Guide, by Aaron Kristiansen and Vince Hempsall (about 2009 no date in book). Rock climbing in the Castlegar-Nelson-Valhalla triangle is plentiful and well developed. Valhalla Pure Outfitters, in Nelson, BC, is the climbing shop to find the West Kootenay Rock Guide. The local climbing scene is quite old, keeping up with the standards of Yosemite since the 1960's.
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Lussier-Dool 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
A2 North America
: ... : Mt Wilton (Frog Peak/Sugarl...
ROUTE DESCRIPTIONDavid Lussier is a local mountain guide who operates out of Nelson, BC. Here is how he described the route in the 2000 Canadian Alpine Journal:"The north face of Frog Peak is a beautiful, Half Dome-like granite wall...""In general the climbing was well protected on solid granite with some quartz intrusions. The upper part of the face is quite sheer, with many vertical crack systems, and is marked by a big roof. The lower part is broken by horizontal ledges, and there t...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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