West Kootenay Rock Climbing Guide

West Kootenay Rock Guide is a full-colour, 160-page, perfect-bound publication that includes summaries of 22 rock climbing areas and over 400 routes in South-Central British Columbia. Every climb around Nelson, Castlegar, Kaslo, Rossland and Slocan City, including the Valhalla Mountain range, is showcased along with tales of the rich climbing history in the region. (Did you know Kinnaird Bluffs in Castlegar was once the site of the hardest climb in Western Canada?) The book was researched and written by local climbers and route developers Aaron Kristiansen and Vince Hempsall and it features the work of local professional photographers. And, the colour-coded route topos are so easy to use, they’ll do everything but climb for you. Simply put, West Kootenay Rock Guide is the most comprehensive tool for any rock climber and recreational sport enthusiast living in or visiting British Columbia.


Route developers have been busy in the last few years but, because I took a hiatus from working on guidebook items, the updates need updating. Also, a lot of hard work goes into these and when they’re published, they tend to find their way onto aggregate sites like Mountain Project, which, frankly, is frustrating. So, rather than have the work stolen, stay tuned for the printed guidebook for more recent updates. In the meantime, click the link below to download a PDF document of some new routes in the area and, to see photo topo updates, log on to the Wonow’s Rock Guide Updates page.

WKRG updates

Where to Buy the Guide

Mail-order sales are available by contacting Wonow Media Ltd. at info@wonowmedia.com. Alternatively, the guide can be purchased at any of the following retail locations.

Valhalla Pure Outfitters – Nelson
626 Baker St. Nelson, BC 250-354-1006 1-877-554 1006
Valhalla Pure Outfitters – Revelstoke
213 MacKenzie Ave. Revelstoke, BC 250-837-5517
Castlegar Chamber of Commerce
 1995 6th Ave. Castlegar, BC 250-365-6313
2040 Columbia Rossland, BC 250-362-5311


639 Baker St. Nelson, BC 250-354-2056


333 Baker St. Nelson, BC 250-352-6411

Nelson Chamber of Commerce

 225 Hall St. Nelson, BC 250-352-3433 1-877-663-5706

Mountain Gear

 2002 N Division St. Spokane, WA, USA 509-325-9000

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce

1995 6 Ave, Castlegar, BC 250-365-2739

Mountain Equipment Co-op - Victoria

 1451 Government St. Victoria, BC 250-386-2667

Mountain Equipment Co-op - Vancouver

 130 West Broadway Vancouver, BC 604-872-7858

Mountain Equipment Co-op - Calgary

 830 10th Ave SW Calgary, AB 403-269-2420

Mountain Equipment Co-op - Edmonton

 12328 – 102nd Ave NW Edmonton, AB 780-488-6614