Skaha Rock Climbing
|GPS:||49.441, -119.563 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Peter Spindloe on Apr 15, 2007|
Sean Godwin, Mandie Walls, Mark Roberts, Kate Lynn, Braden Batsford, Mauricio Herrera Cuadra
History (Admin Only): Sean Godwin edited "Getting There" Apr 7, 2020
Skaha has a bit of everything, but it's primarily known for its abundance of moderate sport climbs. Despite this reputation, there are some excellent trad lines here as well. With over 50 crags, the climbing is extensive. The grades range from 5.0 to 5.13, with a plethora of 5.10 to 5.12 routes to choose from. You'll find a reasonable selection easier climbs as well. The rock is Gneiss and crisp edges are the bread-and-butter holds. Vertical is the predominant angle but you'll find it tipping in either direction to suit your taste.
The season runs from March to October or November. As with most places it's possible to get lucky at other times, but it's usually cold and snowy in the winter. In the summer, you'll have to take a midday siesta to escape the heat.
Skaha access issues were solved in 2009 after local climbers, businesses, and partners fundraised their way to a new paved road, parking lots, and BC Provincial Park status. Parking is free, but there is no camping in the Park.
The South Okanagan is a special place. Its plant and animal communities are diverse and unique, and many are threatened. Over 40 percent of the province's at-risk species are in this region. Please take care to stick to the trails and not disturb the wildlife.
Buy Howie Richardson's excellent guidebook or Marc Bourdon's newer book for complete details and directions. BC Parks has a pretty good trail map to peruse if you don't have the guidebook yet.
An excellent Google Earth view of the crags is available here.
There is no camping allowed in the Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park under any circumstance. An incredible amount of time, effort, and money went into securing climbing access to Skaha; please don't jeopardize our relationship with the Park by attempting to camp on the hill!
Please keep your dogs on leash, and if you see anyone with a dog not on leash please remind them of the rules. We risk losing dog access otherwise.
Skaha on Mountain Project
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!
Classic Climbing Routes at Skaha
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