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, near the lakeside town Okanogan.
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 (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.
Skaha is in the midst of orchard country, ripe with employment opportunities for the young and strong. Working in the orchards might be a good way to fund a trip to Skaha. Start each day with picking fruit until early afternoon, followed by a swim, then the grueling stair climb up to the Skaha crags, and finally some shady evening rock climbing. Repeat daily until the crop is harvested and you look as strong as the climber in the photo over right; ready to unleash yourself upon Yosemite for the rest of the Fall.
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 Submitted By: Ken Trout on Dec 15, 2012
Sorry, but I somehow lost editing control of everything below and can't erase the text. Out of all the areas listed below, only Skaha belongs to the Interior Plateau. After an exhausting summer of field checking the following areas, I realized a mistake has been made. The other areas below are really in the southernmost Selkirk Mountains, also called the Kootenay Rockies (green outline on map).
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)