Revelstoke Rock Climbing

Blanket Creek Bridge

Blanket Creek Bridge climbing area is the most southerly crag in Revelstoke with a short approach of 3 to 5 minutes. Its north-facing cliffs were recognized for excellent climbing potential by Jim Bay in the early eighties. However, no route development happened until 1998 when Bernie Wiatzka started to clean and bolt the first sport climbs. It marked the start of a good future at this crag.

How to get there and Routes

Please refer to the guide book Revelstoke Rocks.

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New route:

1. Dark Matter *** 11b #12 SPORT 30 m
Established FFA: Joe Ronan, July 2010 Climb the bolted line in between The Dark Side and Spank-It.
Blanket Creek Bridge: Crags & new routes, Revelstoke rock climbing
2. Picnic Blanket *** 12b #9 SPORT 23 m
Established FFA: Sean Beale, July 2010 Climb Electric Blanket for the first 4 bolts, then pull the roof and climb
an additional 5 bolts to the anchor.

3. Spectacular *** 10c #12 SPORT 26 m
Established FFA: Bernie and Ullar Wiatzka, summer 2014 To get to this route, climb the first pitch of High Exposure and traverse the ledge to the right (west) to the start of the climb. You can also walk to the top of the Blanket Buttress. From the Fir tree with a rappelling chain walk an additional 10 meters to a narrow ledge with the rappelling anchor of Spectacular.
Start the climb half way in between Highway 23 (chain anchor) and the prominent corner of Standard Keystone. Two bolts, one meter apart.
Climb the right-hand edge of an arching overhang, as you aim to the left. Eventually climb straight up (bolts) to the belay anchor on top of the cliff.

4. Crackpot ** 5.9 BD Camalots 0.2 to 3, 2 shoulder size slings, draws. GEAR 28 m
Established FFA: Bernie and Cindy Wiatzka, summer 2014 To get to this route, climb the first pitch of High Exposure and traverse the ledge to the right (west) to the start of the climb.
You can also walk to the top of the Blanket Buttress. From the Fir tree with a rappelling chain (Calm and Easy / Baby’s Blanket) walk an additional 10 meters to a narrow ledge with the rappelling anchor of Spectacular.
Start the climb half way in between Highway 23 (chain anchor) and the prominent corner of Standard Keystone. Two bolts, one meter apart.
Climb straight up into a corner-roof. Pull this roof on a finger crack and keep climbing straight up, past a second roof, into a deep right facing corner-roof. Exit this roof to the left and after climb diagonally up to the left (piton) to the anchor.

5. Doesn’t Matter *** 10c #13 SPORT 2p
Established FFA: Bernie and Cindy Wiatzka, summer 2014 Approach:
Walk along the trail, as described in the Revelstoke Rocks guide book, to the base of the Blanket Arête. From there follow the trail for an additional 50 meters along exposed ledges to the start of Doesn’t Matter.
You can also approach the route from top. From the Blanket Bridge take the upper trail, leading to the top of the Blanket buttress. As soon as you come to the Fir tree with the rappelling chain (Calm and Easy / Baby’s Blanket) walk an additional 40 meters along the rim of the cliff towards west. This will bring you to the chain rappel anchor of Doesn’t Matter. Caution, very exposed!

Route:
Pitch 1: Climb straight up, following the many bolts (5.10b) past a small roof, to the belay, 22 m.
Pitch 2: Keep climbing straight up past a tricky roof (bolts, 5.10c) to the anchor on top of the cliff, 27 m.

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