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Westwood Ridges

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About Westwood Ridges:

This was one of the first cliffs developed in Nanaimo, and is located behind Westwood Lake below Mt. Benson. Great quality climbing is to be found here, with a wide variety of routes to keep you entertained. The rock is uniformly sound (for Nanaimo, that is to say) and it is a wonder that the area has fallen into disfavour over the years. The cliff has garnered an unwarranted reputation for being crappy; however, it has been my experience that the quality of the rock and routes is comparable to the Rutherford Ridge area. The cliff still has untapped potential, and some gems are still waiting here to be unearthed. The area is also widely used for hiking and mountain biking. The area is one continuous wall on the south side of a ridge. Someone has decided to link a picture of the Black Tusk to this cliff. What the picture of the Black Tusk has to do with the Westwood Ridges is anybody’s guess. I strongly suspect that some third-rate intellect wanted a moment of glory.
Nearest town or city: Nanaimo
Directions: Park at the north end of Westwood lake. Follow the trails that wind around the north end of the lake. Turn right near the northwest corner towards the powerlines. Follow the marked Westwood Ridges Trail that picks up on the west side of the powerlines. Follow this trail for about 2kms. Where the trail turns over a bridge stay left(don't cross the bridge) and the crag is 100m beyond on the left.
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