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Interior Plateau  Rock Climbing 

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Interior Plateau Rock Climbing Areas 

Rock Climbing Photo: Hugh Neave climbs The Bell Ringer @ Sugar Loaf nea...
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.


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

red box for Skaha
blue box for Marble Canyon

There are several things wrong below the dotted line, geographically. It would be very nice if a site administrator could erase everything below because I'm locked out.

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.

Climbing Season

For the British Columbia area.

Weather station 1.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Interior Plateau

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Interior Plateau :
Icy BC   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 350'   Marble Canyon
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Rock Climbing Photo: Deeping Wall is the broad sheet of ice on the left...

Deeping Wall WI5  North America : Canada : ... : Marble Canyon
Broad, single pitch, sheet of ice that forms directly above where the trail hits the wall. Many variations are possible and multiple parties can easily climb at one time.The name is a pun on the Icefields Parkway classic, Weeping Wall. The Tolkien reference appears to have been unintentional....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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