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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.

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