In an area seemingly endowed with endless potential, comes another fantastic zone of bouldering that is littered with high quality problems and tons of potential. The Keenlyside Boulders are named after the giant hydroelectric dam right across the way, that takes the waters of Arrow Lake that stretch as far as Revelstoke, turns it into energy and leaves behind the Kootenay River. The part that makes this area a little different than the others is the density of the high quality boulders. High quality Gneiss is in its finest form here, yielding many cool pockets, traverses, overhangs and features. There are also some pretty cool caves that you get to squirm through along the way as you navigate the fun little path through the giant cluster of boulders. Keep searching, there is A LOT of potential here!
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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 for 10.9kms to a nice paved parking lot on your left right before the dam (right after the houses taper off).Walk back down the road 50m, cross it and head up the nice dirt switchback to the ‘Lizard Boulder’. All the rest of the boulders are no longer than 2 minutes up the trail from here.
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