YKCC receives multi-year core funding from the City of Yellowknife

City of Yellowknife Stacked CMYK

The YKCC would like to thank the City of Yellowknife for their ongoing support through their contribution of multi-year core funding (2016-2018) for the purpose of funds to assist with climbing programs. The financial support will help the YKCC continue in our mission to develop the sport of climbing in Yellowknife and area for people of all ages and experience levels.

Thank you!


Crazy Like A Fox

The YKCC Board and YKCC Gym Improvement Subcommittee have been hard at work since December’s AGM determining the future of our bouldering gym. To present our findings, the YKCC is hosting:


…a feast, presentation, and party to chart a course for the YKCC to the end of this decade.

The event will feature:

  • Dinner catered by the Fat Fox
  • Presentation and discussion on the future of the YKCC bouldering gym
  • T-shirt sales
  • Yellowknife Climbing Club On-The-Rocks Beer Garden


Date: Saturday, May 14th
Where: The Fat Fox at 5008 50th Street
When: Doors @ 6 PM
Dinner and Presentation @ 7 PM
Party till late!
Cost: $10 Members, $25 Non-Members
Menu: vegetarian and meat curries, salad, and dessert

Stay tuned for ticket purchase info!

We won’t be holding our annual bouldering competition this May as in previous years. Stay tuned for updates in the fall.





Summer 2016 Outdoor Rock Climbing Course

The YKCC is hosting a two day outdoor climbing course at Burwash this summer for YKCC members.

Dates: July 9th and 10th (Saturday and Sunday)

Topics Covered:

  • Harness safety
  • Basic Knots
  • Belaying
  • Setting anchors for top roping
  • Basic rope work
  • Rappelling

The course will be led by Jeremy Blumel, ACMG and Jamie Selda, ACMG, who will be visiting Yellowknife from Squamish.

Jeremy’s Resume
Jeremy’s Blog
Jamie’s Resume

There is room for only 12 people in the course. To secure a spot, please pay $100 cash deposit at the bouldering gym. Final price for the course will be based on enrollment and will be in the neighbourhood of $200.

A chat with Emrys Prussin: route setter

The YKCC is bringing in a route setter and will be closing the gym from Feb 19-21 in order to set a number of bomber new routes. The route setter, Emrys Prussin, is a familiar face to some. He was up here in 2013 and volunteered at the gym. Since announcing this, there has been some chatter with the members, primarily “What, or who, is an EMRYS?”. In order to be transparent, the Board decided to shed some light on our route setter. We would like to formally introduce you to EMRYS (the Electrically Mechanize RouteY Setter v.1.2).

MallorcaHow long you been climbing, Emrys?

I have been climbing since 1998 and have had the chance to climb both routes and boulders in some amazing areas around the world. These have included the grassy boulders of the Aran Islands in Ireland, river walls of Yellowknife, Fontainbleu boulders and Ceuse cliffs of France, the mountainous cliffs of El Choro and the ocean bluffs of Mallorca in Spain, polished limestone in Yangshuo and Xianning China, the cobbles of Mapple Canyon in Utah, the steep routes of Rifle Colorado, the sharp crimps of the Bishop boulders in California, the sloping crystally boulders of Squamish, the seaside boulders of Nova Scotia and the smooth friendly sandstone boulders of Duncan BC. I have had experience on lots of different rock types, each with it’s own special movement and hold types.

Dream of Wild Turkeys
What are you favourite climbs?
I love climbing steep boulder problems and routes as well as technical face-climbs that require precision footwork. The climbs that I find the most inspiring are simple and obvious lines, without too many holds. I’ve loved climbing Chain Reaction in Smith Rocks, Timeless in Squamish, and Into the Mystic and Jesus Save the Pushers on Vancouver Island.
What got you into route setting?
Having fun getting creative with friends. I’ve enjoyed setting on friend’s home walls where you get psyched with each other about the holds you have on hand and the cool movements you can try to make with them. I like setting dynamic problems that involve some sort of technical trickery, think heel-hooks and technical feet.
Chain Reaction
Any pro tips?
For myself I always climb my best when I’m having fun and feeling inspired and supported by my friends to try as hard as I can. This is what always keeps me coming back for more. Falling is always fun and funny and trying something lots of times is such a great way to improve.

Outdoor insurance & 2016 membership!

The YKCC has arranged insurance for hosting outdoor climbing events. We will host some climbs this summer and will explore options in the future for outdoor training and programming. The insurance only covers YKCC members. In order to join us this summer you must update your membership!!!

Please sign up for your 2016 membership online or at the gym. Only $10. So affordable. So great.

Be like Ranger Gabriel “Gabe” Walker!