Stay safe and be prepared when you’re out on the trails! Check out the following links for important information:

Access roads are often rough in the West Kootenay and conditions change seasonally. Before you go hiking, you need to have the right vehicle, skill, and knowledge to get to the trailhead. Check the Day Hiking Checklist for info about what to bring in your vehicle and get an updated road report ...
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The West Kootenay has some great clubs and trail societies. Joining a club is a great way to meet new folks, discover new trails, and learn hiking or mountaineering skills! Kootenay Mountaineering Club The Kootenay Mountaineering Club organizes activities year round including hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking trips, week long ...
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Even if you're just heading out for a short day hike, the West Kootenay is a special place with some special safety considerations. Most trails are remote: up challenging access roads, with few (if any) other hikers, and no cell phone coverage. Having the right gear in your backpack (and ...
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Where Locals Hike in the West Kootenay - The Premier Trails in Southeast B.C. near Kaslo and Nelson By Kathy and Craig Copeland (2012) Read Review | Buy Online Hiking and Climbing in the West Kootenay Written and compiled by Ron Perrier Read Online Alpinist's Guidebooks of Mountain Ranges of ...
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Hiking trails are graded with a letter and a number to help assess physical and technical difficulty. This is the same grading scale used by the Kootenay Mountaineering Club. Physical Difficulty Technical Difficulty Example: Pulpit Rock The Pulpit Rock trail near Nelson is 3.6km return with a 338m elevation gain ...
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For more hiking tips and info, check out the following:

Backpacking Meals – Some Ideas

Backpacking meals are a tricky business. You want to bring food that is nutritious, tasty, easy to prepare, easy to ...
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Porcupine Proof Vehicles

Imagine slogging your way back down a trail after a weekend of backpacking, eager to get back to the hallmarks ...
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Bear Safety for Hikers

Crash. Crack. We looked ahead and saw something moving in the woods, running off to the side. A bear. Small, ...
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Review: Where Locals Hike in the West Kootenay

Yes, locals refer to this as "the guidebook". With over 50 hikes of premier trails - including day hikes, backpacking ...
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