Houseboat Boulder – Arrow Lake

Tigershark – V5

They just keep popping up! A wonderful addition to the Bouldering along the shores of Arrow Lake, the newly discovered Houseboat Boulder(s) features more amazing climbing that make for a great “High Water” circuit along with the Memorial Boulder, Plank Boulder (Washout) and the Corridor Boulders (Beachside). The rock is super clean and featured and the landings are flat and manageable for a solo session in the sun 🙂 Did I mention that most of these boulders dry within minutes and are super south (sun) facing?!!

Click the photo above for a free download link. Enjoy!~

Standout Problem #12

GREEN JUNGLE TOBACCO – V9 ***

The prow of this amazing cave has been sampled for years, but during the epic long season of 2020 the effort was put in to unearth this outstanding line. Cool features, slopers, epic lockoffs and fantastic rock make this one a must do while at Fantasyland. Not to mention that this whole boulder has so many good problems of all types and a new (easier) trail. This should be on everyone’s hit list while visiting the area. There is a fancy new ladder for the down climb and a great assortment of problems for everyones taste. Click the photo above for a free download of the update to the JURASSIC Boulder and the beta on this new classic!

Hard Bouldering in the West Kootenays.

A few years ago there were only a handful of boulder problems above V6 in the West Kootenays. The massive surge of development since 2014 has led to over 1200+ problems scattered over 17 different areas. Can you believe there are 55 problems from V8-V11 and counting!!? What an amazing season it has been in 2020 with so many of the harder projects being sent and many other stellar new lines being unearthed in the process. The “Tough Guy Ticklist’ below lays out all the climbs in the V8-V11 range that have been sent so far, as well as pointing out the projects that are left to be slain (I’m sure there are tons more). Can you complete them all? Will you accept the challenge? Haha, either way there are some classics on that list for sure. Click the list/photo before for the free download of the Ticklist…..Happy winter everyone, see you in January!

Nic Williams on ‘Where the Watermelon’s Grow’ V8 on the Epic Mothership Boulder at Fantasyland/Arrow Lake

Standout Problem #11

SPEEDING UP ON ZEBRAS – V8 ****

One of the great new steep problems up at the Ladybird Boulders, this standout testpiece serves as an excellent addition to the area and really shows what still lies amongst the rock slides up at the Norns. This massive boulder has tons of other great problems and is the centerpiece of the new ‘Serengeti’ area. Click on the photo above for a free topo update.

Sit start with your right hand in a slot in the overhang and your left hand right in the corner (as far as you can get it). Powerful opposition moves lead to a big jug and a final tricky prow and a full value mantle. Outstanding stuff! Go get after it…

West Kootenay Bouldering You Tube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFhjeW5d1b3XlpzgXtlYDdQ

There’s finally an avenue for watching all the amazing Bouldering Videos from the past few seasons online. The West Kootenay Bouldering You Tube channel is now live thanks to Liam Barnes. There are tons of awesome videos on here and surely there will be many more to come. Click on the LINK above to check it out and subscribe!

Tosh Sherkat on Athena V10 – Photo: Liam Barnes

Riverside Area @ Valhalla Boulders – Development Update.

For the last month developers have been busy at the Valhalla Boulders up the Norns/Ladybird FSR (13.5km). With almost 50 high quality problems, these awesome boulders nestled along the shores of Ladybird Creek have turned into a wonderful summer bouldering paradise. With grades ranging from V0 – V11, lots of shade, great (sometimes sandy) landings and many different styles to choose from, the Riverside Boulders are turning out to be one of the best hot weather destinations in the West Kootenays. Click the photo above for a free download of the updated topo and have fun!

Standout Problem #10

ODIN (left) – V7 ***

This amazing creekside boulder problem features some outstanding steep climbing and cool moves. The original line was conceived by Nic Williams and the FA was done this spring by Tosh Sherkat (at V11!!!) This part of the cave now has several variations and are a must while climbing at Valhalla.

Sit start as per ‘Odin’ but once you are established into the overhang, reach the jug (crux), kick your feet over and finish through the notch as per ‘Kumbaya’ or alternatively, finish as per ‘Wiener Roast’. A more attainable version that is still a very awesome line!

Standout Problem #9

XENA – V9/10 ****

Likely one of the finest power crimping lines in the West Kootenays. This 30 degree overhanging line doesn’t let up, especially because the crux is right up top. The first ascent was done by Tosh Sherkat (who also added another line ‘Athena’ V10/11 to the left). This climb is a new classic in the Norns Range. Click the photo to see the amazing video by Liam Barnes of the climb!

Standout Problem #8

STONE SHIP – V5 ***

This overhanging prow just to the left of ‘Viking Burial’ V3/4 at the Valhalla Boulders up Ladybird Creek is just a beauty! Start with spread out with a higher left hand edge and the lowest right hand scoop under the prow. Compress up to a sweet roof move gaining the jugs above. The landing is great and its as steep as it gets for the grade. The Valhalla Boulders offer lots of this kind of thing. Check it out.

Standout Problem #7

SPIRIT IN THE SKY – V4 ***

Another great line recently added on the ‘Spirit Boulder’, this one has impeccable flow, great rock and lots of moves. Sit start in the middle of the face on a nice horizontal jug and make successively harder moves out right on crimps to finish as per the arete of ‘Stranger Things’. Did I mention this boulder is 30 feet from where you park your car? So good! Check out the updates section for the updated topo to this boulder. Awesome!