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Interior Plateau Rock Climbing Areas

Hugh Neave climbs The Bell Ringer @ Sugar Loaf near Kamloops by Barb Hargreaves, CAJ 1978
Rock climbing in the Interior Plateau region of British Columbia ranges from bouldering near the city of Kamloops to the internationally famous crags of Skaha.

Skaha is listed under Okanogan on the Mountain Project homepage for British Columbia. The rock is high grade gneiss that has been carved into rounded and elongated fins called roche moutonnees (before climbing as a sport, the herders of the Alps thought these fairly common glacial landforms looked like "rock sheep").

Huge lakes fill the Okanogan Valley below the crags of Skaha, remnants of long gone glaciers. The Canadian North Cascades create a rain-shadow effect and the valley is one of the driest in British Columbia.

INTERIOR PLATEAU OF BRITISH COLUMBIA MAP

On the map below, black dashes outline the Interior Plateau. The red box marks Skaha. The blue box marks Marble Canyon.
INTERIOR PLATEAU Outlined in black red box for Skaha blue box for Marble Canyon

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Interior Range Climbing

Skaha is part of the Okanagan Highlands, a lesser range of the Interior. Skaha is in the Interior Ranges, but the view west, across Skaha Lake, is of the Cascades. (Fred Beckey, Cascade Alpine Guide 3., p185)

Kinnard Bluffs , within the city limits of Castlegar, BC, have a fair bit cragging. Even better are the Waterline Walls.

Also near Castlegar are the Arrow Lake Bluffs. An older area with longer routes, near the dam.

In the town of Slocan, BC, the Slocan City Bluffs look terrific and are worth adding as an MP area.

Along the highway out of Nelson, BC, is a sport crag called Hall Siding

In the foothills of the Valhalla Range is good crack climbing at Cougar Creek , north of Nelson, BC.

Way down south, near Grand Forks, BC, is River View. Sunny crags with some two pitch sport climbs.

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WI4-5
 5
Icy BC
Trad, Ice 3 pitches
WI5
 6
Deeping Wall
Trad, Ice
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 3
Dreamweaver (198)
Trad 8 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Salem's Tongue
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 27
The Goat
Sport 19 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
Where's the Remote?
Sport 8 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 3
Nasty Habits (223)
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 3
Sisyphus (220)
Trad 5 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Sneaky Pete
Sport 8 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b A0 PG13
 5
The Yellow Brick Road (206)
Trad, Aid 13 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Icy BC Marble Canyon
 5
WI4-5 Trad, Ice 3 pitches
Deeping Wall Marble Canyon
 6
WI5 Trad, Ice
Dreamweaver (198) Marble Canyon
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 8 pitches
Salem's Tongue Williams Lake's… > S Gulley Left Side
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Goat Marble Canyon
 27
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 19 pitches
Where's the Remote? Marble Canyon
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 8 pitches
Nasty Habits (223) Marble Canyon
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Sisyphus (220) Marble Canyon
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 5 pitches
Sneaky Pete Marble Canyon
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 8 pitches
The Yellow Brick Road (206) Marble Canyon
 5
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b A0 PG13 Trad, Aid 13 pitches
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