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Okanagan Rock Climbing 


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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.3 miles from here

217 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',19],['3 Stars',89],['2 Stars',81],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',10],['5.8',15],['5.9',35],['5.10',89],['5.11',45],['5.12',19],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Okanagan

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Okanagan:
Guilt Trip   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   (b) Red Tail Group : (c) Lower Red Tail
Just Lead It   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   (b) Red Tail Group : (c) Lower Red Tail
Grassy Glades   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   (h) Small Eastern Crags : (c) Grassy Glades
Assholes of August   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   (b) Red Tail Group : (d) Upper Red Tail
Tan   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   (a) Diamondback : (a) South Face
Plum Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   (a) The Fortress : (b) Plum Wall
Stouthearted   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 115'   (a) The Fortress : (b) Plum Wall
Looking Glass   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 82'   (a) The Fortress : (g) The Corridor
Genetic Mirror   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   (a) The Fortress : (g) The Corridor
Snarling at the Greeter   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   (j) Grand Canyon : (a) The Terraces
Naturopath   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   (c) Doctors' Group : (d) Doctors' Wall
The Real Special Forces   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   (a) The Fortress : (d) The Grooves
Wings of Desire   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   (f) White Walls : (a) Great White
Test of the Ironman   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 115'   (f) White Walls : (a) Great White
Doctor MegaTrip   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   (c) Doctors' Group : (d) Doctors' Wall
The Spell   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 100'   (c) Doctors' Group : (d) Doctors' Wall
Not Fade Away   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   (g) Southern Crags : (e) The Wave
Orrgazmo   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 20'   (j) Grand Canyon : (c) The Belfry
Salvation   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 60'   (c) Doctors' Group : (d) Doctors' Wall
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Featured Route For Okanagan
Rock Climbing Photo: Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  North America : Canada : ... : (a) The Terraces
Fairly sustained and fun jug haul. Slightly strange moves off the ground lead into consistant climbing at the grade for the rest of the 10 reamining bolts. Different from the usual incut thin holds on a lot of Skaha climbs....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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