A lot of mixed climbing, but there are some sport crags too. I think the majority of the bolted climbs run in the .10 - .12 area.
Not sure if all the topos are on Drtopo, but they can be purchased from On the Rocks climbing gym in Campbell River (you'll pass by it on the way to Gold River) has topos for $15. All the money goes to the local bolt fund.
If any of you feel like climbing Saturday or Sunday (i believe i'm free?), e-mail me.
Cheers and thanks again for all the beta!
Do Arete Butler, White-water Rodeo, Salamander, Azen Wave, Come on Jam.
Make sure you talk to Chris B. prior to starting bolting anything, don't just start throwing bolts up.
There are aid lines that could go free in the .11+ to .12 range at Sunset roof, and the emerald wall. There are older routes that have grown over because of their harder grade.
If you need more info, email me, I can set you up with the locals to meet.
I also have a rough topo on directions to the area..pm me if you want a copy of the map. And if you get there, let us all know how it is! Cheers[/img]
This is now well out of date so take it with a grain of salt, I haven't updated it in several years. I understand the last bridge on Nomash main is no longer drivable, or at least not rated for vehicles, so if that's right you'll have to hike an extra half mile or so to the fork camp area.Don wrote: I found a link to some info one of the routes, Wapiti Mainline
Also according to a recent post on the Island Climbing site the trails are pretty well grown over and one party gave up the bushwhack recently.
Fantastic climbing though, if you can persevere. Note that the bolts on the Mainline are were not stainless steel bolts on purpose. Dave believes that SS bolts fail unpredictably whereas normal bolts at least you can see when they are bad.
Just some thoughts on Crest.....
The place is truly magical, with the most amazing climbs; really does leave you feeling like you are out in the middle of no where, surrounded by forest. The Heathens (as previously mentioned) are a great group of people who volunteer their time and energy into creating a climbing area, and trail system, unlike anything I've seen before. A weekend trip to Crest, will definately present a run-in with at least a few of these guys; usually free climbing routes they have memorized over the years! I've spent many weekends in Crest, and have come to know them well. They are truly amazing. The work they do (and you will have to see it to believe it!) is remarkable. They fundraise to purchase cleaning and trail building gear; currently selling T-Shirts and Hoodies to raise money for whatever they need...currently, I believe, its a chainsaw needed most!
The topos are hard to find, and not even close to recently updated. The theory behind this, is that the Heathen's simply believe the best way to know a crag, is to "get in" and socialize with those that know the area best! They are super friendly, and want to meet the people that are climbing in the area....conversations will lead to heaps of useful knowledge about the area! They also have an annual week long "work camp" for people willing to also donate time and energy to working on route cleaning and trail building! (July 2010)
To all those heading to Crest Creek: Enjoy!! and I'll probably see you in there!!!! I'll be the little girl, in the awesome cracks!
Tip: you will lose cell service just after Campbell River!
Groceries and such: Gold River (ten/fifteen minute drive out of Crest)...and no, you wont get cell service back in Gold River....pay phones only!
Great climbs in Skid Row (new area) and I love Crows Nest for "Levi's" and "Arete Butler".....but lets be honest....there are worthy climbs all through the area!!
Lots of trad and mixed routes....some sport...but really great Crack climbs!
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