Skaha is so amazing, that when access was threatened, there was hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised by locals and organizations to buy land to keep it open. The climbing is found in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park and is one of the only dry deserts in Canada, which is why many climbers visit during the winter months to find great climbing conditions. It has a bit of everything, but it’s known for its abundance of moderate bolted routes. However, there are some excellent trad lines up to 5.12 with some memorable 5.8 lines.
There are over 55 crags, and hundreds of amazing routes on clean gneiss with sharp credit card edges. Near vertical is the predominant angle, but you’ll find it tipping in either direction to suit your taste depending on what you’re looking for. The South Okanagan is an amazing place and the plant and animal communities are diverse and unique. Over 40 per cent of the province’s at-risk species are around Skaha. Please take care to stick to the trails and do not disturb the wildlife.
Top: Audrey Rancourt on Spro Dog 5.10 in SkahaLeft: The beach in Penticton is a great rest day from Skaha