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Skaha is the rock climbing destination most people think of when they think about the Okanagan area of BC. As one of the only dry deserts in Canada, a visit here could change your image of the Great White North. The area is on the edge of the town of Penticton,

The climbing is extensive with over 50 crags. The routes are mainly sport, but there are some excellent trad lines as well. The grades range from 5.0 to 5.13, with large numbers of 5.10, 5.11 and 5.12 routes to choose from. You'll find a reasonable selection at 5.9 and below as well. The rock is Gneiss and crisp edges are the bread-and-butter holds. Vertical is the predominant angle but you'll find it tipping in either direction to suit your taste.

The season runs from March to October or November. As with most places it's possible to get lucky at other times, but it's usually cold and snowy in the winter.

Getting There 

The four to five hour drive from Vancouver is probably how most non-locals arrive, but it's possible to drive in from the east or from the south, and possible to fly into the Okanagan area.

Camping and reasonable motels are abundant, but can still be very busy in the summer as this is not just a rock climbing destination but a major tourism, summer holiday, boating and wine making/drinking area. Look here for some accommodation ideas: penticton.ca/tourism/default.a...

Buy Howie Richardson's guidebook (elaho.ca) for complete details and directions, but note that the parking situation changed completely since publication of the guide. Directions to the parking can be found here: skaha.org. There is also a downloadable supplement to the guidebook with new routes and updated information on previously published routes.

An excellent Google Earth view of all the crags, as well parking information is at skaha.org/Skaha.kmz.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

153 Total Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',67],['2 Stars',50],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Skaha:
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'   Grassy Glades
Looking Glass   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 82'   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'   The Fortress - The Corridor
Naturopath   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   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'   Great White
Dr. MegaTrip   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Doctor's Wall
Not Fade Away   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   The Wave
Orrgazmo   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 20'   The Belfry
The Spell   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 100'   Doctor's Wall
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By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Dec 17, 2008
Good news about the parking lot:
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Dec 17, 2008
Nice image gallery:
By Krista m
May 27, 2009
How long is the approach? Want to go with kids this summer.
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
May 28, 2009
The approach from the new parking lot is now much more kid friendly than the old parking lot as it's more level. It probably takes about fifteen minutes to get to the Day Care crag. There are still some uphill sections, but nothing like the old staircase.
By Krista m
Jun 3, 2009
Thanks Peter....that helps.
What's the best guide book to buy for the area?
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Jun 3, 2009
This book is still the only one, I believe. When combined with the supplement and link to parking info, both listed above, you have everything you need.
By Cam Robertson
Jul 28, 2010
The new access is approximately 3km South along Skaha Lake Road, about a third of the way down the lake.

There is an update for the guidebook located at skaha.org. There are rumblings that a new guidebook is in the works....

Note that the area is now a Provincial Park.
By See Brown
Mar 16, 2011
New parking is now amazing .. make sure to check out skaha.org or projectclimb.com for new routes as the route guide is very outdated ...
By Aimee Rose
From: Bend, or
Sep 6, 2011
The new parking is at the end of Smyth Road on the east side of the lake. If you drive around the lake, you'll see a sign for Skaha Bluffs. Follow Smyth Rd up the hill. Park at the lower parking for the Fortress, Doctor's Wall and all climbing beyond that. Park at the upper lot for the Great White Wall, The Belfry and other climbing areas in the vicinity.
By S. Stember
From: St. Paul, MN
Jun 4, 2012
Hey there Canadians and any one else with some good beta! How bad of an idea would it be to come to Skaha for some quality sport climbing in July? It'd likely be around July 15th. I've heard mixed opinions and I know it can be a bit hot, but is it too hot then?
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