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susan

climbing/mountains around Vernon BC

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I may head to Silverstar Resort over thanksgiving but the snow report is dismal. Does anyone have tips on alpine hikes/climbs in the area. All my BC books are just for SW BC. Interested in ice, rock or mixed.

 

Susan

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There are some cragging areas around Vernon and Kelowna, described in Central BC Rock guidebook. It's supposedly out of print but you can still find it around Seattle (they have it at Stone Gardens). There is of course Skaha area further south.

 

I'm not aware of much alpine climbing close by but there are a lot of hikes around Kelowna:

Kelowna trails

It's not really what I would call alpine but I've been to Okanagan Mt park a couple of times, it has a good trail system and it's OK for exercise hikes with views mainly of Okanagan Lake.

There's a climbing gym in Kelowna also, Beyond the Crux.

 

 

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not sure how much snow there'll be, and how that'll affect access, but Monashee Prov Park lies east, then north from Vernon. superb backcountry (in summer, at least). and Mt Fosthall is an easy but lovely peak.

 

park:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/monashee.html

 

search google for images under "Mount Fosthall":

http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://bivouac.com/img/Mtn/2239_Fosthall.jpg&imgrefurl=http://bivouac.com/MtnPg.asp%3FMtnId%3D2239&h=239&w=350&sz=29&hl=en&start=1&um=1&tbnid=Jkg7VfTvjGxknM:&tbnh=82&tbnw=120&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmount%2Bfosthall%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX

 

the snow line on the N face would be a fine moderate winter climb in firm conditions. the rib to the right looks a good bet too.

 

cheers,

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