Revelstoke climbers team up with Emcon for new Victor Lake parking lot

Highway maintenance contractor Emcon Services builds new Trans-Canada Highway parking lot to access Victor Lake climbing wall.

Gabriel Fava from Emcon (left) and Douglas Sproule work on a new parking lot for the Victor Lake Wall west of Revelstoke.

By Mark Hartley, Revelstoke Climbing Coop

The local rock climbing community received an early Christmas present last week when the highways maintenance contractor Emcon Services built a new car park for the climbers’ access route to the bluffs above Victor Lake, off the Trans Canada Highway west of Revelstoke.

Victor Lake Wall is the largest crag in the Revelstoke area and climbers have been recreating on it since Dean Flick completed its’ first route, The Mission, in 2007.

However, the previous parking for the crag, next to the lake, has always been a bit sketchy, especially in summer traffic, as it involved a left turn across the oncoming lane, with poor sight lines. It also necessitated climbers to walk along and across the highway.

The new car park resolves these issues. From Revelstoke, the access to the parking lot is 13.1 kilometres west of the Highway 23 South traffic light, and is located near the middle of a long straight stretch, where a right turn onto a newly constructed gravel road leads to the parking area in approximately 150 metres.

The car park and part of the access road are actually a recommissioning of the Eagle Pass Wagon Road, built from 1882-1884 by GB Wright with GJ Ainsworth. It was described afterwards as a “useless road” because it was superseded by the completion of the CP Rail line a year later.

The rock climbing community will be glad to put this access to good use, and it’s hoped that the establishment of a safe parking area will support the efforts that are underway to have the area designated a recreation site.

At the moment, the climbers’ access routes established in the area are rough and steep, and not well suited for walking or hiking. The Revelstoke Climbers’ Coop and the Revelstoke Climbers Access Society would like to thank Gabriel Nava and his crew from Emcon Services for supporting the local community, and for their dedicated and professional maintenance of highway safety.

Climbing on the Victor Lake Wall. ~ Photo by Ruedi Beglinger

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Interior Health will not expand Police and Crisis Team

Southeast Division Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli asked IH to expand the program

Haze over Okanagan and Shuswap skies may have drifted from Siberia

Few active wildifres so far this summer in B.C.

Guerrilla Gigs replacing Streetfest this summer in Revelstoke

Buy one of 30 tickets the Sunday before the Wednesday show

UPDATE: Trans-Canada Highway open to single-lane traffic west of Revelstoke due to flooding

The highway between Revelstoke and Golden is also open again

Mt. Revelstoke summit and back country closed to dogs permanently

Dogs allowed on-leash only in some other areas

13 new B.C. COVID-19 cases, Langley Lodge outbreak ends

Health care outbreaks down to four, 162 cases active

Okanagan Realtors donate big to North Westside fire department

Two Kelowna-area Realtors made a generous donation to the North Westside Fire… Continue reading

SilverStar security recovers stolen bike

Reminders to residents to keep bicycles locked up, eyes open for suspicious activity

‘Justice for Mona’ protests planned in Kelowna, Lower Mainland

Security camera footage shows Mona Wang being dragged, stepped on during RCMP wellness check

Orphaned Okanagan beavers admitted to rehab centre

The two beavers are in the care of the Fawcett Family Wildlife Health Centre

Intent of killing at centre of Surrey man’s Okanagan murder trial

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Allison Beames is anticipated to return with her decision in August

Kelowna neighbourhood pond dries up again

The RDCO filled up the pond on Hall Road but it’s drying up again

Penticton RCMP seek help locating missing woman

25-year-old Iesha Blomquist was reported missing to Penticton RCMP on June 30

Most Read