Climbing & Caving
Rock climbing (Don Weixl photo)
Penticton hosts rock climbers from around the world eager to tackle the Skaha Bluffs.
This series of cliffs that range up to 80m/250ft in height, present more than 650 routes, with challenges suitable for beginner to advanced climbers.
Skaha Bluffs is the second-most popular climbing destination in BC (after the Smoke Bluffs in Squamish). Easily accessible, just beyond the Penticton city limits on the east side of Skaha Lake, the area also offers many hiking trails. Both climbers and hikers are rewarded with terrific views of Penticton, Skaha Lake and the Okanagan Valley.
Skaha Bluffs' climbing routes vary in difficulty from 5.4 to 5.13 on the Yosemite Decimal System (the North American rating scale). The majority of routes are in the 5.8 to 5.12 range and some of these are bolted throughout for sport climbing.
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