Elevation: 1,135 ft
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Description

The Okanagan is a large area in the interior of British Columbia. Its location between the coastal ranges and the Rockies gives it a dry climate often referred to as Canada's only dry desert. Indeed, with fifty or more wineries, rattlesnakes and scrublands, you won't feel like you're in the Canada you thought you knew all about.

The climbing is dominated by Skaha, and rightfully so as it's a phenomenal concentration of fine climbing, but there are other worthwhile destinations to be found such as Kelowna Crags and Cougar canyon.

This is a tourist area so accommodation ranging from camping to luxury resorts can be found. Every food niche can be found, from small-town greasy spoons to fine dining. Rest day and rainy day activities include watersports, hiking and wine-tasting. The big mountain ranges to the east and to the west aren't too far off either.

Getting There

Kelowna is central and accessible by road from all direction and by air. From Kelowna, Skaha is an hour or so to the south, Cougar canyon is half an hour to the north.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Okanagan

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 34
Assholes of August
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 66
Plum Line
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 36
The Raven and the Bear
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 40
Preface
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Looking Glass
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
Ready to Strike
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 31
Minor Skirmish
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 35
Genetic Mirror
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 19
Snarling at the Greeter
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 25
Naturopath
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 18
Bottom Line
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 40
The Real Special Forces
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 21
Test of the Ironman
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 43
Wings of Desire
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 17
The Spell
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Assholes of August Skaha > (b) Red Tail Group > (d) Upper Red Tail
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Plum Line Skaha > (a) The Fortress > (b) Plum Wall
 66
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Sport
The Raven and the Bear Skaha > (g) Southern Crags > (f) Raven's Castle
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Preface Skaha > (b) Red Tail Group > (c) Lower Red Tail
 40
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Looking Glass Skaha > (a) The Fortress > (g) The Corridor
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Ready to Strike Skaha > … > (a) Diamondback > (b) E Face
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Minor Skirmish Skaha > (a) The Fortress > (d) The Grooves
 31
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Genetic Mirror Skaha > (a) The Fortress > (g) The Corridor
 35
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Snarling at the Greeter Skaha > (j) Grand Canyon > (a) The Terraces
 19
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Naturopath Skaha > (c) Doctors' Group > (d) Doctors' Wall
 25
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bottom Line Skaha > (j) Grand Canyon > (b) Tottering Pillar
 18
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Real Special Forces Skaha > (a) The Fortress > (d) The Grooves
 40
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Test of the Ironman Skaha > (f) White Walls > (a) Great White
 21
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Wings of Desire Skaha > (f) White Walls > (a) Great White
 43
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Spell Skaha > (c) Doctors' Group > (d) Doctors' Wall
 17
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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