The Creston Valley isn’t as far along in the climbing scene as some other Kootenay towns, but there are a few hidden gems to be found, and loads of nearby potential. The most accessible climbing area is the Goat River Canyon where well established sport and mixed routes range from 5.8 to 5.12+. Climbs here reach 30m in height, and there is something awesome about climbing above the roaring waterfall of the small hydro dam below. The routes are excellent with technical cracks, roofs, overhangs and underclings. The site is accessible via a 5 minute hike downwards from the parking area. Want a copy of the climbing guide? Contact us.
In addition to the main climbing area, a great deep water solo traverse runs a few hundred metres from below the Canyon road bridge to the dam. Depending on water levels which vary greatly through the seasons, route options and difficulties change. This traverse is best done around noon on a hot summer day, as much of the canyon is shaded earlier and later in the day. To access the traverse leave one car in the regular parking and drive to the Canyon bridge a kilometre or so to the north. Walk under the bridge from the western side (Erickson), and continue down the steep trail to the rocks along the river. From here you’ll need to jump into river and drift down a few metres, past the giant underwater boulder and start climbing down stream as soon as you can find a way to find a good spot to get onto the rock. While there are opportunites for other climbs along the traverse, the primary route continues for 300m or so downstream. When there is nothing left to climb, jump in a drift down a couple bends until you hear the roar of water falling over the dam. Stay right and exit the river prior to plummeting down the dam’s waterfall to your death. This is the main climbing area in the Canyon, so head up the trail to your car and grab your gear if you’ve got anything left in the tank.