Whirlpool is one of the corridor’s hidden gems with solid, dolomite rock. Most climbs are bolted and there are also a few fantastic gear climbs, most equipped with modern ring anchors. Climbs range from 15 m to 25 m and 5.6 to 5.10d currently. The crag is tucked in a small wedge in the ridge line and is rather quiet – you can ‘Bearely’ hear the highway! There is also a small boulder field right before the crag on the approach trail, and its development continues.
Approach: Drive west on Highway 11 and park on the north side of the highway at the large pullout right before Whirlpool (parking 52.0072, -116.4591). The approach trail starts at the right/east end of the pullout. Follow an obvious trail up as it meanders around to the north east, then back north west into the saddle that slices the ridge line in half. The crag is located right in the centre of the ridge line. It should take about 30-45 minutes to arrive. Fozzie and Yogi Walls are on the left and right sides of the gully as you approach. The Baloo Wall is up the slope and to the right of the Yogi Wall.
The Centre For Outdoor Education should be noted as the original developers in this area with Jay Mills heavily involved in developing the original “COE” routes.