If you like bouldering on solid granitic rock, Sutton Creek, on Vancouver Island, is definitely a place to check out. The boulders are a short drive between Port Alberni and Tofino, and with only 30-second approaches are very accessible. There are over 40 established problems and at least 100 more waiting to be cleaned and climbed. The climbing varies from slopers, crimps, heel hooks, dynos etc.... Many of the problems are gently overhanging with sloping mantle top-outs. The south aspect is superb for fall, winter and spring bouldering. But mid-summer temperatures are almost too hot to climb. The mornings and late afternoons are the best times to climb in the heat when it is possible to find shade from adjacent boulders.
Sutton Creek Guide
The boulders are impossible to miss because they are on the side of the road on the way to Tofino. Starting in Port Alberni at the 3-way intersection on highway 4 turn right and drive towards Tofino for 41km to reach the obvious boulders on the right (north) side of the road. A useful land mark if your odometer isn’t working is the Taylor River Rest Area. The boulders are 1.5 km past this rest area.
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