Cat boulders

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This area features agreat assortment of quality bouldering scattered throughout thebeautiful larch forests below the towering cliffs of the Cat Wall. There are a wide variety of gradesand most of the problems tend to be on steep, quality Gneiss involving big moves with good landings. There is certainly potential for more routes here and variations due to the nature of the rock; great holds everywhere! There are also many smaller boulders that have been climbed, but not recorded. A wide variety of wildlife is quite common in these parts including:black bear, wild turkeys, cougars, deer, & big horn sheep, and the forest is especially nice in fall when the larch’s needles change into a spectacular golden color; a truly magnificent little place....

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Directions / Travel Info:

Coming from Nelson, as you pass the Brilliant Dam (on your left) you take the first exit on your right towards Robson following the big blue provincial parks signs for ‘Syringa Creek Provincial Park’. If you cross a bridge over the Kootenay River and hit the Castlegar Airport you have gone too far. From here follow this road down a few kilometers until you see more signs pointing to Robson and ‘Syringa Provincial Park’. Take a right here and set your odometer to “0”, this is Broadwater Rd. You will then pass a huge cliff on your right called ‘Lion’s Head’ & it’s namesake pub (highly recommended) to which tells you you’re going the right way. Now follow this road past the Dam for a total of 14kms to a nice pullout on your left that has a little red gate (old road down to the lake). Cross the road and follow the cairned/flagged trail into the forest. The Wildcat & Lynx boulder are only a few minutes away and the Cougar boulder is found a bit further uphill in close proximity to the Upper Cat Wall (follow the main trail)

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