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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
 23
Assholes of August
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 37
Plum Line
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 22
Genetic Mirror
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Snarling at the Greeter
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Storming the Ramparts
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 17
The Real Special Forces
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Eyrily Hanging Out
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 27
Wings of Desire
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Test of the Ironman
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
Doctor MegaTrip
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Not Fade Away
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
The Spell
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Bladerunner
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Orrgazmo
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 7
Salvation
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Assholes of August Skaha > (b) Red Tail Group > (d) Upper Red Tail
 23
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Plum Line Skaha > (a) The Fortress > (b) Plum Wall
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Sport
Genetic Mirror Skaha > (a) The Fortress > (g) The Corridor
 22
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Snarling at the Greeter Skaha > (j) Grand Canyon > (a) The Terraces
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Storming the Ramparts Skaha > (a) The Fortress > (c) The Ramparts
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
The Real Special Forces Skaha > (a) The Fortress > (d) The Grooves
 17
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Eyrily Hanging Out Skaha > (f) White Walls > (a) Great White
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Wings of Desire Skaha > (f) White Walls > (a) Great White
 27
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Test of the Ironman Skaha > (f) White Walls > (a) Great White
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Doctor MegaTrip Skaha > (c) Doctors' Group > (d) Doctors' Wall
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Not Fade Away Skaha > (g) Southern Crags > (e) The Wave
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Spell Skaha > (c) Doctors' Group > (d) Doctors' Wall
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Bladerunner Skaha > (j) Grand Canyon > (c) The Belfry
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Orrgazmo Skaha > (j) Grand Canyon > (c) The Belfry
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Salvation Skaha > (c) Doctors' Group > (d) Doctors' Wall
 7
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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