Tackle some of the best rock climbing and mountaineering in BC.
Revelstoke rock climbing is known for its easily accessible single pitch sport climbing on steep rock. More recently Revelstoke has become home to a number of long sport and mixed multi-pitch climbing. Routes range from 5.8 – 5.12 in difficulty.
Looking to do a self-guided tour? Local Chris Rubens, shares his favourite spots here.
These are the zones you may want to check out:
Revelstoke Rock Climbing – Shaketown
For a kid (and dog) friendly area, head out to Shaketown on Highway 23 South. It provides easy access, and is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch – full of short single pitch sport climbing and socializing. Try your hand at “Quicksilver Daydreams” 5.10b, “Two Hands” 5.11a, and “Flying Shoes” 5.11b.
Revelstoke Rock Climbing – Begbie Bluffs
Intermediate climbers will enjoy a morning at Begbie Bluffs, 10 minutes out of town on Highway 23 South. A short walk on a well-defined trail will have you climbing in no time. For easier routes, hit “High and Dry” or “Bifacial Retouch” – both rated 5.8.
Revelstoke Rock Climbing – Blanket Canyon/Blanket Creek Bridge
Further down on Highway 23 South, you’ll find Blanket Canyon/Blanket Creek Bridge; which is exactly where you want to be on a hot summer day. There is a steep 5 minute hike-in which is not suitable for kids or dogs. At Blanket Canyon, locals love “Schweppes” 5.10a, “Zygote” 5.11b, and “Security Blanket” 5.12b. At Blanket Creek Bridge, we recommend “Undercover” 5.10 and “Electric Blanket” 5.11b.
Revelstoke Rock Climbing – Waterworld
Waterworld offers 2-4 pitch adventurous steep sport climbs over top of Revelstoke Lake. Just 12 km out of town on Highway 23 North, and a 5 minute walk in, these climbs range from 5.8 – 5.12a. Take caution of potential rock fall and always wear a helmet. Be sure to choose a climb well within your means, as you rappel down and then climb back out. We recommend “Pirates of Waterworld” 5.10b and “No Panic In The Titanic” 5.11b.
Revelstoke Rock Climbing FAQs:
Is there a rock climbing guidebook for the Revelstoke area?
Stop in at Vahalla Pure for a Revelstoke Rocks Guidebook written by mountain guide, Ruedi Beglinger. Some crags aren’t well signed, and this book has excellent information on how to get to the various zones.
Revelstoke Rock Climbing – Locals Tip
Without the gear and the know-how, it’s pretty hard to start out in this sport. We recommend taking a lesson, and let the professional guides show you the ropes, literally. If you are an experienced climber looking for partners, the Revelstoke Climbers Facebook Page is a good place to start as is the ACC Columbia Mountains section website.
New route development and updated information on Revelstoke rock climbing is available on the Revelstoke Climbers Access Society website.