It’s back and bigger than ever. The Kootenay Climbing Festival is celebrating its fourth consecutive year with more activities, more guest speakers and a second day that features rock climbing clinics for kids, women and those wanting to learn rock rescue techniques.


Saturday, September 17

The Kootenay Climbing Festival will begin at 2pm on Saturday, September 17th in the back parking lot of the Lions Head Pub, 2629 Broadwater Rd, Robson, BC. This free, family-friendly fun day will feature:

  • top ropes on all routes for climbers of all abilities
  • a kids/beginners climbing wall
  • draw prizes
  • silent auction
  • slacklines
  • zipline
  • kids craft area
  • and the ever-popular Tower of Power crate-stacking competition

Although the event is free, we encourage you to bring cash for the silent auction and raffle giveaway during the event and all funds raised will go towards the “Save Kinnaird Rocks” campaign. (Although the popular Kinnaird Rocks climbing area in Castlegar has been purchased and saved from development, the Association of the West Kootenay Rock Climbers has incurred $15,000 worth of debt and needs to pay it back over the course of the next few years.)

Adults and kids alike can access the Lions Head Pub throughout the day for food and refreshments. The pub’s license allows them to serve minors until 7:00pm.

The outdoor activities will last until 7pm and then everyone is encouraged to move inside the pub where we’ll be entertained by rock climbers from two generations:

  1. Slocan Valley native, rock climber extraordinaire and Patagonia ambassador Jasmin Caton will regale us with stories of her recent adventures in the mountains.
  2. Then alpinist and rock climber Peter Rowat will share tales from his explorations of the Valhallas in the 1960s and 70s when he established some of the most iconic lines on Gimli and other peaks.

Entry to the presentations are free.


Sunday, September 18

Details are still being finalized for the three rock climbing clinics being held on the following day, Sunday the 18th, but we know this much so far. There will be three clinics offered for a reasonable free per person and they’re guaranteed to fill up fast:

Women-Only Rock Climbing Clinic

Jasmin Caton will oversee the day and teach an all-female class everything they want to know about intermediate rock climbing skills.

Kids Climbing Clinic

Introduce your kids to the awesome sport! More details to come.

Rock Climbing Rescue

ACMG guide and Nelson local David Lussier will be offering a class about rock climbing safety and how to perform various rescue techniques on the wall.

Stay tuned for more details about the clinics and how to sign up for them.