Monday, April 20, 2009

Easter In Skaha, Penticton, BC

We escaped a rainy weekend in Squamish by dashing off to the cliffs of Skaha in Penticton, about 5 hours away. As always, the weather was much nicer in the dry, sunny Okanagan and we got a bunch of nice climbing days in. Skaha is a great climbing area, likely second only to Squamish in western BC. It has hundreds of single pitch routes spread across a couple of large valleys and the climate is very reliable for rock climbing in the spring and the fall. The grade spread is good, with tons of routes in the 5.10-5.12 range. The 5.13 grade is well-represented, but so far the hardest climbs are 5.13d so there is room for some good testpieces (check out the cliff Shangrai-la if you are interested in bolting steep rock).

This is a picture of the campground, Banbury Green. It's a great spot on Penticton Lake and you can see the cliffs across the water. We highly recommend this very civilized and pretty spot.

This is a photo of my friend Jay climbing on the Maternal Wall. This wall is very popular and has about a dozen quality overhanging routes in the 5.11 to 5.12- range. It's a great place to get pumped!

Here, my friend Casey is working his first ascent project at the end of the Little White wall. It's a crimpy, sustained line and will probably be 13a, making it the testpiece on the wall.

The Little White wall has a good selection of vertical lines on compact stone. This route is the sole arete on the cliff and is a popular 5.11a. My wife Pam is sending in this picture.

The flora and fauna are a special part of a climbing trip to Skaha. It's a really pretty place.

For those living in Washington or Western Canada, we highly recommend it if you haven't already been!

Enjoy the climbing,
Marc Bourdon