SKAHA Photo by MP contributor Cory Jenkins The m...
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.
Outlined in black
red box for Skaha
blue box for Marble Canyon
, 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
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
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