LAST SUMMER, when I first started learning to climb in the Kootenays, my friends were always talking about Skaha. Between them all it seemed like someone was making the four hour drive from Nelson almost every weekend. I’ve been intrigued about the place since.
My partner and I chose this month to go because we know that Penticton — in the dry Okanagan Valley — gets ridiculously hot mid-summer. Even this early in the season it was quite hot with temperatures hitting the upper 20s (80s for you American folk). Climbing in heat is one thing, but access to the bluffs is a good hike in and can be energy-sapping, especially with the sun blazing down.