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Climbing & Mountaineering around Golden

At the peak of the game for some of the best rock climbing and mountaineering is Golden and Kicking Horse Country.

Head into one of the many National and Provincial Parks that surround Golden for fantastic mountaineering and climbing opportunities.

Heading south of Golden to Spillimacheen you will find a unique Dolomite Rock Climbing destination at Jubilee Mountain.  The Spillimacheen crags over 60 climbing routes ranging from grade 5.6 to 5.12. 

The legendary Bugaboos are located in the Purcell mountains that are a sub range of the Columbia Mountains.  This world-class climbing destination with its sculptured granite masses sees plenty of explorers each year, following the footsteps of many famous climbing icons.

Kicking Horse Country Climbing and Mountaineering Fast Facts

  • Three of the “Classic 50 Climbs in North America” are in Kicking Horse Country – Northwest Ridge of Mt. Sir Donald, Beckey-Chouinard Route on South Howser Tower and East Ridge of Bugaboo Spire
  • The first recorded climbs in Rogers Pass were made by Canadian botanist J. Macoun and his son in 1885
  • In 1988, British mountaineers Rev. William Spotswood Green and Rev. Henry Swanzy completed the first recreational technical climbs in the Selkirk Mountains
  • Over 60 sport climbing routes at Spillimacheen Crags, south of Golden

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