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Water Line Walls

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About Water Line Walls:

A classic developing crag found in the heart of Castlegar. The Water Line Wall is found along a popular hiking trail and pubic access. The name refers to the water line that runs under this pubic access. Even buy Kootenay standard the approach is easy as you only have to walk about 4 minutes from you vehicle to reach The Raven Wall, the areas first encountered crag. The history of this area is greatly unknown buy this author, but people have been climbing in this area since the 1960’s so it can be assumed that many of the easy more obvious trad lines where climbed long ago, as evident buy the odd rust pin you may encounter. In 1998 this area was fist shown to me buy a local aviation student and climber, who –while out flying one day- saw this crag from the air. Immediately he came to me to tell me about it and shortly after, the first recorded routes went up. Notably Kathryn Crack, Madly Off In All Directions, and Pilots Crack. Not until the spring of 2005, when I returned to the Kootenays, did the area see any further development. All recorded routes are noted in this database, and the potential for more lines is mind blowing!! The rock is riddled with cracks, pockets and in cut jugs. The faces are naturally clean and the development of routes has required nothing more then the removal of the odd detached rock. I intend to be active in the development of this wall for many more years to come, and will welcome any climber wishing to come and join me for a day of climbing, cleaning, or fist accenting. See at the Crag. Aaron Kristiansen. User name, slavetogravity.
Nearest town or city: Castlegar
Directions: To access the crag, drive west on Highway 3 (to Grandforks) after climbing for a few km, turn left on 14th Ave. Drive to the end of 14th Ave past Kinnaird middle school. Keep going straight up the dirt road past the sign reading “Road closed”. To your left you’ll see a pull out with enough room to accommodate 4 vehicles. Park there. Alternatively there is a large parking lot at the baseball diamonds back at the end of 14th Ave. At the roads end you’ll find a locked green gate. Do not park there. To reach the crag, walk past the gate along the trail. The first crag will come in to view in a manner of minutes. This area is a VERY popular with Sunday walkers, bird watchers, mt bikers, cross country skiers, and beer bottle smashing bush partiers. Be courteous to the on-lookers and try to clean up after the partiers.
Latitude, Longitude: 49.27766, -117.65954
Access Issues: DO NOT park you car in front of the green gate. This area has been host to many bush parties in the past, must the disapproval of the locals. The chain and lock on the gate has been cut several times in the recent past. Don't let the locals mistake us for the bush party Yah-hoos. If it's possible to open the gate, don't drive in. Just park your car, and walk the extra 5 min.
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Forum Discussions (2 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Confessions of a serial sand bagger slavetogravity 0 Oct 10 2007, 3:30 PM
No Replies great work ipass9 0 Aug 30 2007, 7:57 AM