Nihahi Creek Boulders, Kananaskis
There are a dozen or so boulders scattered in a 200m stretch of Nihahi Creek with two gorgeous, tight, sculpted canyons on either end of it that Marcus Norman had found. There is potential for hard routes coming out of the few cave-like overhangs and the still unclimbed highballs. The area is very relaxing, easy to access and all of the boulders have a easy walk-o. Some but not much cleaning is needed for future problems. The described routes only were cleaned and climbed in 2008 by G.Cornell.
Drive Hwy#66 west from Bragg Creek to it’s end at the Nihahi Campground and park in one of the Trailhead parking spots. Best to bike as hiking seems to take forever even though it is at and easy along a old road. Bike, or hike about 5km until you see the posted metal sign for the trial up Nihahi Creek. From here you must hike up the well-beaten trail which switchbacks straight up for 10 minutes until it opens up and you can see the boulders below. Best to keep walking few minutes more until the trail dips down near the canyon bottom. Find the easy path into it.
Most of landings are good but a pad is a must. Do not enter or exit the creek via the mouth of it at the main biking road as it is flanked by a impossible slick rockwall- you must hike up the signed trail. The tight canyons on either end of the bouldering area is not to be missed for entertaining walking – futuristic problems can exist on these slick walls.
1) Arc 2 (V0) since you will likely enter the area from the north, this will be the last boulder before the canyon tightens down again on the south end. Easily use left edge of the north face and face holds to get up. South face is very hard looking.
2) Gold Nugget (V1) a little traverse west-east on the tiny orange-brown rock poking out of the scree just uphill from the others.
3)Horse Pens(V4) a wild overhung beak on super rock. SS o an amazing jug and traverse right. Crux is dropping down to move onto the lowest end. Needs a topout maybe?
4)The Heights (V0) short climb up an arete and a good grassy ledge.
5)Dinosaur Bone (V1) the best warm-up route. SS good jugs from the left and traverse o right.
6) Sin Fin (V3) tu overhang from Sitstart under lip
7)Obama Ahead (V1) climb north face above yellow streaks on the egg-shaped boulder in the creek. Has the slab been climbed?
8)South of Heaven (V3) really fun line. Start on the slick prow to a nger hole and reach up the arete. A pool of blood-red water sits below but out of the way of the route.
9)Monkey Hustle (V3) hand traverse rail to the arete and go up till you want to jump o. On the east face of a tall rock.
10)Femur Crack (V0) traverse orangy block past a gonging ake on the arete.