Oh Penticton, British Columbia (Canada).... after a few rainy days we've had a week of unbearable heat, no way we could handle a day of climbing with these temperatures. So unfortunately we skipped Skaha Bluffs (climbing).... with the hope to come back later in the summer.
Anyway we have info from last year when we went in May and it was wonderful and warm enough.
Penticton is another considerably big town, with a lot of stores and all that stuff.... We remember that main street was nice to explore. It has beaches, markets, fruit stands, etc, a bit the same as the the other Okanagan towns but what makes it different is Skaha bluffs, a big and precious climbing area also with hiking and biking.
Skaha is one of the Canadian mecas of sport climbing, you have more than 800 routes, growing every year, also with traditional climbing, all well signed and maintained, the rocks are predominantly a coarse-grained gneiss, a must go for any climber in the country. Guides can be found in all the book and outdoor stores in the Okanagan valley. The best season to go is spring and fall.
WHERE TO SLEEP?
We slept at Banbury Green campground, out of season they make a discount for climbers. It's a big and nice proper all serviced camping with showers, toilets, sites with water and power, many sites beside the lake, laundry, etc. Check for rates on their website below.
More info: http://www.banburygreen.com/
Another option is Okanagan falls Provincial Park for $23/night with about 15 campsites, picnic tables, fire pits water tap and a toilet. Easy access, next to the Hwy 97, paved road, beside the river and close to Penticton. You can enjoy a chill beautiful stroll situated beside the river that goes all along through the birds reserve area and beyond.
Or Venseux Lake Provincial Park, $18 per night, just south of last one. Its a tiny camp with 8 sites, about 5 situated next to the river and another 3 are just beside the hwy, hwy spots not reccomended.
Both are pretty busy due to the easy access, I would recommend going early and reserve a site.
Free camping, Chute lake Recreation site. Up up up a forestry road you will encounter a little camping area next to the lake. We made it, like always, with a few bumps and shakes but were rewarded at the end with solitude at this wild camp. We keep thinking, crazy or not, its totally worthy most of the time. This camp is also linked to Kelowna boulderfields with forestry roads if your feeling adventurous.
And for the moment is all what we can said! Sorry about this and hopefully we can bring you new news early!