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Rock Climbing

Kamloops has some great outdoor climbing, the Beach is one of the popular climbs out at Kamloops Lake as well as Roche Lake, Prickly Pear, Oregon Jack, Hen House to name a few. Our indoor climbing is also spectacular with challenging routes for every type of climber. 

 

Kamloops Climbing

Take things to the next level and view Kamloops from an entirely different elevation.  The region is home to many great climbs that offer varying degrees of difficulty 

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The Beach

Several excellent sport routes of easy to moderate difficulty, on a beautiful rocky bench 300 meters above Kamloops lake. Single pitch overlooking a nice view of Kamloops Lake. Quiet area and almost all the routes are bolted.

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Roche Lake

A small sport climbing crag with a high percentage of quality routes. The 25-30m tall wall of blocky gneiss is a popular crag with around 30 routes at a decent range of grades (5.8 to 5.13a) The wall tends to have a lot of ledge features which makes lead climbing on the easier routes potentially dangerous if climbing at your max. Thankfully half of the rock is overhung making the climbing at 5.11 and up very 'sporty'.

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Marble Canyon

Marble Canyon is made up of a Headwall (500 meters) that sits on top of a large Apron (250 meters) – the headwall and apron are split by a huge treed sloping terrace. The climbing is generally in the moderate range (5.7 to 5.10). Climbs are protected with a mixture of natural gear and bolts. Keep in mind when climbing here, that almost all of the multi-pitch routes were put up on lead, and the bolts drilled by hand.

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Oregon Jack

Oregon Jack is a Provincial Park that protects a spectacular limestone canyon and falls on Oregon Jack Creek, as well as wetlands above the falls. This area is very significant for historic First Nations use. 
The climbing is all limestone and primarily sport climbing with an abundance of boulders. A few routes were developed here in the 90's or early 2000's but the majority of the routes were developed in the summer of 2010. The route range from steep endurance climbs to technical face climbing to 4 bolt boulder problems. 

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Prickly Pear Canyon

Prickly Pear Canyon Is a new development west of Kamloops. The area features vertical basalt columns on good quality rock up to around 15 meters high. It is not a very big area having only 7 bolted routes and a few trade options but is well worth a visit. Since the cliffs are south facing they can be very hot in the summer but would make a nice evening climb. 

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Cliffside Indoor Climbing Gym

Experience the thrill and excitement of rock climbing in a fun and challenging indoor environment. With a newly renovated members section, there are more routes than ever with challenges for every type of climber.

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A great guidebook by Climb Kamloops with the local climbing routes and directions.

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