Preface - Skaha

Preface - Skaha near Penticton, BC

This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
1 hour
Rock Climbing
Summer, Fall, Spring
Penticton, BC
User ChrisO
5.9 Sport (7 bolts) 25 metres - Red Tail Wall (Lower)

The Red Tail area has long been one of the most popular areas at Skaha, both for its close proximity to the car park and for its multitude of moderately graded routes. Red Tail is split into three sections, south, lower and upper. Red Tail Upper and Lower (one above the other) are divided by an access ramp called Dead Hawk Rake, which starts on the ground at the left end of Red Tail Lower. Red Tail South is above Another Buttress, and can be accessed from either end of the buttress.

Running from ground level about half way along Red Tail Lower towards the left is a ledge rising to about 10 metres. At it's right hand end are two routes, the first being a 5.10b called Sursum Corda. Preface is about three metres to it's left. Descent is via rappel or lowering. Check the condition of the belay before lowering.

This little gem of a face climb can be either started from the ledge or from ground level, though it is unprotected until the ledge. The initial moves off the ledge provide for a little excitement before reaching easier ground past the second bolt. The middle section takes some working out. The less difficult line keeps right of the bolts. The route finishes on more moderate moves through glacier polished rock.


From the Braesyde Parking steps, follow the loop trail left (clockwise) past east face and the Fortress. When the path forks, head down right into the gully past Another Buttress.

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