Cougar Canyon

88 Sport Climbs, 31 Trad Climbs, 122 Boulder Problems


Cougar Canyon Bouldering:
The main concentration of the bouldering here is in the Moss
Hollow/Down Under area which is located hidden amongst the
trees in the middle of the canyon. The Alice Boulder is another
recent discovery that is a few minute’s walk from the main area
that hosts many other great problems. Since last fall lots of new
problems and development has been going on, it seems like the
potential is endless for those with a keen eye. There are a few
problems scattered about the area that are not covered in this
guide solely because they are spread way out and the information
is limited . The rock here is Monashee Gneiss, so it tends to be
really featured and grippy, every once and a while you will
encounter some loose stuff (especially if on the bigger rope routes)
but most of the boulder problems in this guide are on the good
solid stuff. Bouldering is a great social way of climbing, and can be
great training for big routes. Get out and give it a shot, the
landing are mainly good here, and the atmosphere can be very
refreshing on a hot summer day!! Be safe, use good spotting
techniques and pads, and try to leave a lasting impression.

Directions / Travel Info:

From Vernon you want to get onto the Highway 6 heading west to the town of Lumby. From here look for signs heading towards Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park (blue signs) and Kalamalka Lake Rd. Once on Kalamalka Lake Rd look for more blue park signs indicating Cousens Bay Area and Coldstream Creek Rd. Keep following the blue signs until you will have to take another turn onto Cousens Bay Rd. Take Cousens Bay road until you reach the entrance of the park where the road turns to gravel and there is a parking lot on your right hand side, set your trip odometer to ‘0’ here. Continue on the dirt road to the 4km marker, the parking is another 100m on your left under the power lines (small pullout with an awesome view). From here take an old skid road in the forest for about 5 minutes until you run into a kiosk/info board. This is the start of the climbers/hikers trail, it climbs steeply up- hill for another 15 minutes until you will eventually run into a signed fork, take a right (indicated) and descend into the canyon.

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