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Skaha is a rock climbing area located near Penticton, BC, in the Okanagan Valley. It is generally pretty dry, making it a common destination for times of the year when Squamish is a little soggy. The VOC usually runs a trip there around Halloween. Skaha has climbs at all levels, in both the traditional and sport styles. There is also a lot of top-roping possibilities for beginners.


October 20th - 21st, 2007

  • Note: likely with some people coming a day early and some leaving a day late.


We'll be staying at the Lost Moose. There will be no water, so we'll all have to bring our own. They were also pretty clear that if we didn't leave the place clean, parked on plants, camped off tent sites, etc., that we'd not be coming back.


We typically celebrate Halloween in style and have a potluck dinner on Saturday night. Otherwise take care of your own food or organize something within your car group. Penticton has lots of grocery stores so don't worry if you forget something.

What to bring

As with most trips you should have an adequate sleeping bag, tent, means to cook (i.e. stove or someone to share with), food, and appropriate clothing. If you don't have a tent try to find one within your car group to share. If you don't have a stove, bring something delicious to bribe someone and they'll let you share. You should all own sleeping bags by now - c'mon this is an outdoor club. Don't forget to have something for the Saturday night potluck dinner. Mmmm I can't wait. At this time of the year, Penticton is pretty chilly with daytime temperatures averaging in the low-teens and night-time often dropping below 273 Kelvin (also known as 0˚C, for all the non-nerds out there). Keep this in mind when packing clothing. A guidebook would be very useful, so try and scrounge one before coming. If not, a photographic memory will suffice. Also don't forget your Halloween costume for our potluck Halloween party! (Note: "Rock Climber" is not a very original costume)

If you have them, bring tire chains for your vehicle. Last year the highway was a skating rink.


There will be a short course, called Rock 2.5, on Sunday morning. This is designed for people who are comfortable top-roping and interested in learning the principles of sport-lead climbing. We'll teach lead belaying, clipping techniques, ideas regarding catching falls, etc. Students should be very comfortable climbing 5.8, just so we're all on the same level.

The set up will be as follows: the instructors will give a demonstration for the students and explain things. After the demo the instructors will each take a pair of students off to give them a chance to try one lead climb. This means that the course has a limit of 2 students per instructor. Additional students are welcome to watch the demo and hear the explanation but likely won't get to lead climb. After the course, students can go back to their top-roping (unless they already own quickdraws and a rope) and instructors can go back to whatever climbing they had intended for the day. The entire course should only last 2 hours.
To be decided later...

Trip Sign Up

    1. April Hall
    2. Bob Lai
    3. Mike Blicker
    4. Jeff McCord
    5. Andrew Silversides
    6. Matthew Harriman
    7. Martin Oberg
    8. Christian S
    9. Stephen Lerch
    10. Fuller
    11. Fuller's friend Brent
    12. Brendan McKay
    13. Derrick Lee
    14. Em Beach
    15. Susie Dain-Owens
    1. Chris BL
    2. Kevin Cooper
    3. Emilia Hurd
    4. Owen Summerscales
    5. Tahria Sheather
    6. David Burg
    7. Ashlee J.
    8. Karin Muff
    9. Michelle K.
    10. Sophia Moulton
    11. Brian Magahay
    12. Robin Matthews
    13. Jannu Casanova
    14. Jeff Mottershead
    1. Iva Cheung
    2. Piotr Forysinski
    3. Anne V.
    4. Mirjam Barrueto
    5. Nathan Brown
    6. Seth Adams
    7. Tim Russell


If you have space in your car, please post the spots. Passengers pay for gas. If you have a rope and/or rack, please indicate so that we can try and even out people with gear into cars with less gear.
Note: Passengers, contact your drivers a few days in advance to determine meeting locations/times. Contact info can be found on Member List. The onus is not on drivers to track down all their passengers.

  • Name (X spots) [Gear]{Time of Departure from Vancouver - Time of Departure from Skaha]

  • Fuller (3 spots) [climbing, rope, 2p tent, stove, pots, boyish good looks]{9pm Thursday leave - Morning/Noon Sunday return]
  1. Tiffany
  2. Brent
  3. Edward

  • Bob (3 spots) [personal climbing gear, 2/3p tent, stove, pots, good time]{Leaving Friday afternoon depending on when I can get off work, returning Sun)
  1. Matthew Harriman
  2. Brian Magahay
  3. Sophia Moulton

I can potentially take one more person (a 5 seat Civic) if this person can leave his/her stuff with another vehicle (i.e. a van or a truck). 5 ppl's climbing & camping gear won't all fit in the trunk.


  • Subee (5 spots) [I have everything, and a couple of loaner ropes for TR only]{Friday just in time for rush hour (4ish?)- Leaving Skaha Sunday or Monday]
  1. Me! (Seth Adams)
  2. Ashlee
  3. April Hall (possibly a rope, quickdraws, trad rack, 2 burner coleman stove, pots)
  4. Karin Muff (no gear to share only personal gear, sorry all ropes are back home in Europe)
  5. Piotr Forysinski (trad rack, rope, 2-man tent, small propane stove)

  • SubeeDO (5 spots) [Personal gear]{Leaving Vancouver just in time to catch rush hour on Friday - Returning on Sunday or Monday, depending on weather and work]
  1. SusieDO
  2. Tahria
  3. Owen
  4. Em Beach
  5. Anne V.
  • Mike Blicker [rope, rack, 2p tent, music + some tight corners]
  1. Jeff McCord
  2. Tim Russell
  3. Randy
  4. Emma
  • Martin Oberg (3) [rope, sport rack, 2p tent, guitar?] {90% sure I'm going}
  1. Chris BL(from UBC; Fri-Sun)(rack, stove,pots)
  2. David Burg (rope, 12quickdraws)
  • Jeff Mottershead (6) [See disclaimer below]
  1. Iva Cheung
  2. Jannu Casanova
  3. Brendan McKay
  4. Robin Matthews
  5. Christian S.

Before anyone signs up for Jeff's van of stinkyness, they need to be aware that due to being constantly filled with filthy, soaking, stinking gear, the van is a filthy, soaking stinking silage pit. It's also filled with broken engine components, new engine components waiting to go on, oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc. Something is wrong with the rollover valve on the gas tank, causing it to pressurize. It's unclear whether Jeff will get around to fixing it before it explodes. The front struts are totally blown, and the tires are crap. The van stalls at idle, the driver adds considerable stinkyness himself and there is at least a 10% chance that if the van actually makes it to Skaha, it won't make it back. It's a national disgrace and should be put on a rocket and fired into the sun.

Carless People

For those who need a ride.

  • Name {Gear)