Monday, June 2, 2014

Life in Skaha

Skaha is a vast single pitch climbing area in the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Since the climate is very dry, rain beaten coastal climbers make regular weekend trips. Easter is the most popular time of year due to the statutory holidays and typically wet (or snowy) conditions found elsewhere in the province. This year, we joined the throngs of climbers and enjoyed three days of pleasant cragging. The camping on the lake shore is scenic and the sport climbing is excellent, with hundreds of quality face routes on crisp orange edges and white-washed overhangs. Next time you're getting rained on in Squamish, consider a quick side trip to Skaha to dry out your gear and work out your muscles!

Lake shore camping at Banbury Green, a great place to call home during your stay.

Sex Machine (10d) at the overhanging Belfry.

A climber scales the extremely popular 12a, Goin' Sailin'.

The fruit trees come alive in the spring. Penticton is famous for its orchards and wine.

Freak Show (12a) at Shady Lane, a good place to escape the Easter crowds.

Crimping crisp edges on the popular Guilt Trip (5.7), Red Tail Wall.

Shooting star, one of the most attractive wildflowers in the bluffs.

Bottom Line, one of the best 5.11a routes in Skaha. Fantastic moves lead up a gently leaning wall. If you climb the grade, don't leave Skaha without sampling this route.

Marc Bourdon - Squamish, BC

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