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Ready for the
Granite Challenge? Our towering mountain peaks and wilderness tracts
continue to beckon climbers and jump start adrenaline glands. Vancouver
Island supplies the awesome terrain: you bring mental and physical
strength, courage, and an adventurous spirit.
Climbing in Strathcona Park
The city of Victoria has
been a popular climbing area for years. You will find a variety
of gear and clothing stores in the city, as well as indoor climbing
guidebook to rock climbing in Victoria is Rock Climbs of Victoria by Mark Freeborn.
an outdoor start, head along the sea front to Fleming Beach in the
Township of Esquimalt. There are two areas, Fisherman's Wall, and
the Overhang, a smaller bouldering rock a little further down the
heading west on highway #14, are Mount Wells and Mount MacDonald,
accessible off the Sooke Road, Here you will find the largest number
of climbs in the closest proximity to Victoria. Mount MacDonald
has long vertical top ropes, trad and bolted routes. It is perfect
for the novice and intermediate climber. Mount Wells contains steep
walls and roof-climbs and is good for the novice.
Along the Galloping
Goose Trail you will find many impressive climbs. Between Matheson
Lake and Roche Cove there are connecting trails and three major
climbing areas: Roche Cove, Hummingbird Wall, and Hissing Bull.
The Galloping Goose Trail corridor,
which runs parallel to these areas, makes access easy on foot or
kilometres west along Sooke Road is East
Sooke Park, a large wilderness expanse with a lot of rock to
climb. There are ten areas: Devonian Regional Park, Cheanuh Marina,
Becher Bay, Babbington Bluffs, Mirkwood Forest, Reindeer Crag, Beechey
Head, Tabasco Rock, Coliseum, and Cougar Caves. These climbs offer
every level of difficulty, from beginner to advanced, and everything
Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in the province,
a well-preserved rugged wilderness encompassing over 250,000 hectares
of remote terrain, with rivers, streams, turquoise lakes, glaciers
and snowfields. Mountains dominate the area and rock climbing is
popular here. Over 100 routes exists in the Crest Creek Crags alone,
an area offering 19 rock faces ranging from approximately 12 to
21m in height. Use the Crest Mountain trailhead to reach the routes.
Maps of the area may be obtained at the parking lot, with descriptions
of all climbing routes.
(1,875) near Zeballos and Mount Arrowsmith in the Alberni Valley
are top-notch destinations for the rappeller.
Challenge Vancouver Island's sheer rock faces are surrounded by
extraordinary topography and an abundance of wildlife. Stretch your
limits in a high-performance adventure, blaze a new trail on a magnificent
spire or rappel down steep mountain ridges. World-class mountaineering
awaits you, with professional guides who cater to both the cliffhanging
novice and the experienced adrenaline addict.
Golden Hinde - Strathcona Provincial Park
Provincial Park is an excellent mountaineering location, particularly
in the northern section of the park, where diehard enthusiasts should
tackle Mount Colonel Foster.
Two further choice mountaineering locations are located within the
park's vast boundaries: The Comox Glacier, Vancouver Island's last
remaining icefield, and the Golden Hinde, the island's highest peak
(1,875 m), at the head of Woss Lake, is the highest peak in a compact
and impressive group of peaks that attract climbers in both winter
and summer - experience in glacier travel is required.
(1,817 m) and Victoria Peak (2,163 m), one of Vancouver Island's
highest mountains, are both considered good mountaineering venues.
Stand on the
precipice of a great rock climbing adventure. Vancouver Island offers
some of the most challenging and scenic terrain anywhere.