Aberdeen Columns

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These columnar basalt columns and crack climbs are perched above the Aberdeen Plateau ( - about 20km south-east of Vernon, British Columbia. They face west at an elevation of 1350m. It is a short, 5 minute hike from 18km on the Aberdeen - Goat FSR to the crag. Developed columnar basalt climbing is somewhat unique in Central BC (and Canada) and provides good local training for harder crack climbing destinations.

Aberdeen is ideal on hot summer mornings or spring and fall afternoons. There are now 130+ steep columnar basalt crack climbs ranging in height from 10m to 22m with grades from 5.3 to 5.11c. Most clmbs are in the 5.9 to 5.10 range.

The rock is solid and provides quality cam and nut placements. There are no bolted climbs and most routes have been climbed onsite ground-up. Popular climbs are clean, less travelled routes may still have some loose rock and lichen. There are numerous bolted stations.

The Aberdeen Guidebook is located under the Files section on the Aberdeen Columns group on Facebook for more information.

Directions / Travel Info:

Follow these directions from Vernon


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