Cougar Canyon Rock Climbing
Nicky on yet another unknown route. Maybe 5.11a/b...
This crag near Vernon, located in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, offers a surprising amount of sport climbing at a range of grades. The rock in Cougar Canyon is Shushwap Gneiss with a more grainy and loose quality than that found near Skaha. With cleaning, unique features and holds are discovered, revealing a texture and variety that makes for climbing that might even be more interesting than Skaha.
This area is mentioned in the BC Interior Rock guidebook but has seen so much development since its publication that the book really only serves to get you there. A more up-to-date document is available at Valhalla Pure in Vernon.
My apologies for not providing good information here immediately, I need to do a little more research. Rest assured that this will be updated ASAP.
In the mean time, this excellent map shows how to get there: env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/...
Climbing Season For the Okanagan area.
Weather station 3.6 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Nicky starting another unknown route. I would say...
Continuing up the steep 11a. Without a guidebook,...
Kevin starting up a short but very steep 5.11a (we...
By john dyck
Oct 16, 2010
It lloks like Kevin is climbin the short but steep "Time Warp" 10a
Feb 17, 2011
Best weather for this area is in late spring or late summer. June is the rainiest month but August is hot and dry. The sun doesn't set until after 10pm so you can get plenty of climbing in during daylight.
Temperatures have been known to reach in the 90's (32C) during the summer but its a dry heat. And Kal Lake is a beautiful place to take a dip. Try Juniper, Jade or Cosens Bay for swimming. Dogs are not permitted in the bay's except for the designated area at the far eastern end of Cosens and they must stay on leash in the park. Its probably better that you leave the dog at home. There's just too much going on with bears and rattlesnakes for them, especially on the trails.
There are some areas near Turtle Head Point that are common for cliff jumping but be careful. It is extremely dangerous if you don't know the area. Even some locals who do know the area still get injured/killed each year. We lost a family friend not too long ago.