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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

155 Total Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',68],['2 Stars',51],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Okanagan:
Guilt Trip   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Red Tail : Red Tail Lower
Just Lead It   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 9 pitches, 85'   Red Tail : Red Tail Lower
Grassy Glades   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Skaha : Grassy Glades
Looking Glass   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 82'   Skaha : The Fortress - The Corridor
Assholes of August   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Red Tail : Red Tail Upper
Plum Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   The Fortress : East Face (South)
Genetic Mirror   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Skaha : The Fortress - The Corridor
Naturopath   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Skaha : Doctor's Wall
Special Forces   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   The Fortress : East Face (Central)
Wings of Desire   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   Skaha : Great White
Dr. MegaTrip   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Skaha : Doctor's Wall
Not Fade Away   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   Skaha : The Wave
Orrgazmo   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 20'   Skaha : The Belfry
The Spell   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 100'   Skaha : Doctor's Wall
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'Spro Dog 'Spro 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  North America : Canada : ... : Morning Glory
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