Standout Problem #4

Photo: Liam Barnes

CHAINSAW – V9 ***

This cutting edge boulder problem (pun intended) is right up there with some of the best hard problems in the West Kootenays. It’s certainly one of toughest at the Grohman Boulders and the feature itself will draw you in.

Crouch start with the two lowest opposing holds on the bottom of the prow. Slap up and compress into some insane squeezing of the knife blade feature to more positive holds above. The landing has been recently upgraded which has helped this problem solidify it’s classic status. A must-do at the grade!

Standout Problem #3

TOOTH & NAIL – V3 **

Another standout line at the newly developed ‘Mythical Boulders’ up at Fantasyland/Arrow Lake. This line features amazing side pull features that flow perfectly up the sculpted red face to a fun transition onto the white upper slab up high. Stand start as per ‘Fang’ (two wide opposing holds on the left side of the face) and traverse out right on side pulls and crimps to the far right hand arete. A hidden finger jug higher up the arete will ease your troubles gaining the upper slab. Fantastic climbing with a great landing, check it out! (check the Updates page on this website for more info)

Standout Problem #2

BOXCAR WILLY – V6 **

Part two of the installment is also located at the Grohman Boulders. It is another line that is mis represented in the guidebook (I know, it’s brand new but I couldn’t climb every route before publishing). More fine climbing to be had at Grohman is always an awesome thing.

Crouch start with two opposing side pulls on the arete on the left side of the overhang. Compress up the arete with tricky slopers to an all points off dyno (same as ‘Night Moves’) to the sick sloper jug over the lip and a fun mantle. This line is very good and listed as V7 and only one star in the current guidebook. It’s actually really good. Have fun!

Standout Problem #1

BENGAL SPICE – V7 ***

This list the first of the series, a classic at Grohman that is often overlooked. It features some mighty fine rock and it’s close to many other good lines.

Located at the Track Boulders at Grohman. Described in the guidebook as V6 with only one star. This is actually a fine crimpy test piece with extremely high quality stone. Stand start on the obvious crimpy rail and make tenuous moves up and right with small feet to better holds and a big chuck for the side pull jug as per ‘Macho Man’. Finish on the good holds of that route. Highly recommended for those looking for a technical line on crimps. Check it out!