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The Fortress

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(a) Dysphorium 
(b) Plum Wall 
(c) The Ramparts 
(d) The Grooves 
(e) The Big Wall 
(f) Big Tree 
(g) The Corridor 
(h) Penal Tower 

The Fortress Rock Climbing 

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The Fortress may be the most popular area at Skaha, and not just because of its proximity to the parking lot. Here, you'll find a huge selection of classic moderate sport routes, with many mixed and two-pitch climbs thrown in as well.

Getting There 

This is the first area you see on your left as you walk on the main trail from the lower parking lot. The first rock you'll hit is part of The Ramparts; from here, head left on the upper path to go to the Dysphorium and the Plum Wall or continue onwards to reach the other sections of The Fortress.

Missing Routes 

There are many known routes in this area that are missing on Mountain Project. On each crag's page, there is a list of its routes that are missing on Mountain Project but described in the guidebook.

Please contribute to the Skaha Mountain Project page by taking the time to add these missing routes if you've climbed them!

Climbing Season

For the Okanagan area.

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Fortress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Fortress:
Plum Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   (b) Plum Wall
Looking Glass   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 82'   (g) The Corridor
Stouthearted   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 115'   (b) Plum Wall
Genetic Mirror   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   (g) The Corridor
The Real Special Forces   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   (d) The Grooves
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Featured Route For The Fortress
Rock Climbing Photo: Rolf starting up Genetic Mirror.

Genetic Mirror 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  North America : Canada : ... : (g) The Corridor
A fun climb, typical of a Skaha 5.10. Incut holds, a few tricky sequences, and good rests. At the top it trends right in some nice rock similar to glacier-polished granite (maybe it is glacier polished). Can feel cryptic and contrived at times. When the option presents itself, generally head right.For those pushing themselves, a stick clip is not a terrible idea, as the initial moves to the first bolt are weird....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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