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How Much Is Too Much?

How Much Is Too Much?

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind, Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?  ~ Signs, Five Man Electrical Band

Last year, Parks put up trail signs for Cedar Mountain. This year COCA will be working on trail and wall signage for KLO Creek and the Boulderfields.

The quandary remains: how to find the balance between providing useful information without detracting from the natural beauty of the climbing environment. After all, nobody wants to get lost, or sandbagged. Here are some suggestions:

Trail Visibility

If we all use the same designated trail...


Ice Aint Just For Drinks

Ice Aint Just For Drinks

Guest blog by Jonathan Dean Urness, photos by Dave Mai

Last year, entering into my house, I stumbled on a step and smashed my toe on the door jam. The result… a broken toe. Needless to say I didn't climb a lot of ice that season. The thought of driving (front pointing) my boots and crampons was nauseating. So, I settled in for a relaxing winter, substituting ice for cheeseburgers and bourbon. Trust me… it wasn't a bad compromise ;) 

This December, with my toe no longer screaming bloody murder, my mind and heart were back in the game. I...


LOOKING AHEAD

LOOKING AHEAD

 A lot of change and development happens in a decade. The first edition of Kelowna Rock (2008) took 2 years of full-time climbing and research, plus a winter of mind-numbing computer work. The 2016 edition of Kelowna Rock was same-same but different. This time it was a crew of people that volunteered their time to make it happen, but it still was almost 3 years in the making.

And now, the website is back, providing current beta and booty for roped and unroped Okanagan climbers. It is also provides an easy way to join the newly formed Central Okanagan Climbers Association (COSA).

For 2017,...