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Cougar Canyon  


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Location: 50.1811, -119.2786 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Peter Spindloe on Apr 27, 2007
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Description 

This crag near Vernon, located in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, offers a surprising amount of sport climbing at a range of grades. The rock is Schist and once cleaned reveals texture and variety that make 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.

Getting There 

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



Weather station 3.6 miles from here

1 Total Routes

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['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


Featured Route For Cougar Canyon

Gear 4 Fear 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  North America : Canada : ... : Cougar Wall
First pitch 5.10a 32mLong pitch with first 20ft being the hardest to a nice belay ledgeSecond pitch 5.10c 25mClimb the left facing corner to a great roof and into some finger jamming and a final 2 bolts of crimpy stuffGreat Exposure and moves!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Cougar Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Nicky on yet another unknown route.  Maybe 5.11a/b...
Nicky on yet another unknown route. Maybe 5.11a/b...
Hiking out of Cougar Canyon.  Kalamalka Lake is in...
Hiking out of Cougar Canyon. Kalamalka Lake is in...
Continuing up the steep 11a.  Without a guidebook,...
Continuing up the steep 11a. Without a guidebook,...
Kevin starting up a short but very steep 5.11a (we...
Kevin starting up a short but very steep 5.11a (we...
Nicky on the 11a/b
Nicky on the 11a/b
Nicky starting another unknown route.  I would say...
Nicky starting another unknown route. I would say...
Panorama from the top of Batwall in Cougar Canyon,...
Panorama from the top of Batwall in Cougar Canyon,...

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By john dyck
Oct 16, 2010
It lloks like Kevin is climbin the short but steep "Time Warp" 10a
By mishagolin
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.