Ibex Valley  The crown jewel of Whitehorse bouldering and the site of our annual bouldering festival, the Ibex feels like a lost chunk of California. The fun in the sun atmosophere has kept it as the epicenter of Yukon bouldering for over 30 years. Access is a bit difficult but the extra effort is well rewarded. The Ibex is located about 40 minutes off the main highway on a dirt road. It is the most extensive and developed bouldering area in the Yukon. The rock type is granite with subtle feature. Landings are almost always flat. Go there and smile. Rock Gardens The Rock Gardens is the closest bouldering area to downtown Whitehorse. Although the area is known primarily as a roped climbing spot, there are a few fun boulders with good, featured moderate to hard problems. Within walking distance of downtown, this area has probably seen more traffic than any other and is probably the only area where you are likely to bump into other climbers on any given evening. Pump House Pond The Pump House Pond is located about 15 minutes outside of downtown Whitehorse. There are a few different well featured blocks and a variety of problems from low traverses to scary highballs. This area, though not big, contains some nice granite stone and some world class problems. Perfect for an evening session, it comes complete witha beautiful little creek in the gorge, a few roped climbs, and some trails with sweeping vistas. If you need a solid pump and only have an hour you will find it here and leave feeling refreshed. Alsek Alsek bouldering happens on an undulating terrain of metamorphosed rock so truly twisted and pressed, it's hard bearing stone to believe. Low mounds of outcrop at the foot of the big mountains have been intensely scoured by past glacier action, and the bullet hard rock – clean, smoothed, in a rainbow's array of earthen colour –  is pitched and sheared steep enough in a few spots to make it great to climb. Ambling climbs can be taken up on the low-angled slabs just as well, and there are many ways to walk over the terrain, to see this stuff set in stone. The mouth of the valley, the distant river widening, the cold peaked breath colliding out across the continent... if the peculiarities of the rock aren't found beyond compare, just take a look around.   Lebarge The domed limestone complex along the eastern shore of Laberge has yielded one steeply carved band fit for hard bouldering. The Runway, as it is called, is named for the green strip of land which runs sidelong the rock wall, and looks like a takeoff ramp coming out the water from afar. The smooth rock band and grassy strip lie perpendicular to shore, and roughly line up with the Deep Creek launch and the northern tip of Ricktophen Island and the gull's rock. Landing at the beach with the two round granite boulders, at the base of the hill, with the bulging wall looming up there and running out of sight, you just might follow. Sometimes sharp, prickly, even frictionless, staying power can be had on the rock's small solid flakes, sloping fracture, water grooves, cutter edges, and holds so disparate they stay undefined. Take care when exiting the lower problems on the hill, as topping out takes long, low-angled and relative ways.  Kusawa Kusawa brings cycles and takes time. The serpentine lake lies wide and long and laps at shores reaching the boundary of known stone. Everything visible from the water is far from being developed, and everything beyond has only been thought of. Explorers set out in all sizes of craft, but keep in mind the south wind can pick up the lake for days and days. This granite country can be misleading. Towers and cliffs the most cleanly lined generally cast the finest boulders, but clean-looking choss does exist, looking good from far but far from good. Some solid cliffs have had mass wasting events in recent past, weathered giants tend to hold the talus slopes in place, and there are many qualities of the rocks found kind to climbing in the woods below. It's sometimes easiest to find the biggest blocks staying there, from above, up towards the bases of the cliffs and then back down with direction.