The Skaha Bluffs is one of the world’s premier climbing destinations and now the Penticton hot spot is being celebrated.
The first Skaha Climbers Festival is taking place May 28 and 29. The full details are coming together but already the line-up of events sounds stellar.
The 2022 Skaha Climbers Festival celebrates the 12-year anniversary of the formation of Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park in Penticton and recognizes the 27-year anniversary of the formation of the Climbers Access of BC which was initiated in Skaha Bluffs at Penticton.
The festival is organized by the local climbing community to raise funds in support for the Skaha Park Watch Society, and the Skaha Climbers Anchor Repair Society; local non profits that keep our climbing area safe, secure, and sustainable.
It will include climbing competitions and finals, climbing clinics, Vendor Village and Festival head quarters will be in the lower parkin glot.
A REEL Rock Climbing Film festival will be at Lakeside Resort on May 28.
To learn more about the festival and the various groups and organizers go to skahaclimbersfestival.com.
The city of Penticton has agreed to improve the parking at Skaha Bluffs.
The lot will be located on Crow Place, and will have space for 90 parking spots near the access point to Skaha Bluffs.
“I’ve been in this community for over 30 years, and one of the best kept secrets from locals in this community are those climbing bluffs,” said Coun. Judy Sentes at the time. “I really believe the international community knows more about this than our local climbers do.”
There will also be picnic tables added. There isn’t a timeline when this will get started.
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