The Kelowna Rock Team
Karin Hanna I began climbing 15 years ago, and love Okanagan sport and trad. I have also happily scampered up routes in the States (Smith, Red Rocks, Yosemite and City of Rock), Greece, Thailand and Australia. I had my first Haiku poem published when I was 9 (about a tree leaning against the deep blue sky). Journalism became my career, and with the arrival of kids, I shifted into the world of publishing and design. Blue Moose was born, and in 2008, so too was the first edition of Kelowna Rock – Climbing and Bouldering. In 2016, the second edition, Kelowna Rock- Climbing, hit the shelves.
Chris Posiak Lucky for us, snowboarding gave Chris a love of winter. Instead of heading south to climb, he is living in his van at KLO Creek, setting routes and working the trails through December and beyond. Chris is willing to climb with pretty much anybody, and has even rescued rope-dropping, stranded newbies. He spearheaded the transformation of scruffy Pipeline into a beautiful climber retreat.
Adam Tutte Well-known local climber and route developer Grizzly Adam Tutte was (and is) my everyday go-to guy. Adam started climbing when he was 14, and currently he is probably the Okanagan’s busiest route setter. With more than 75 routes to his name, it is a wonder he finds time to climb. But he does. To celebrate his 2016 birthday, Adam climbed 33 KLO Creek routes in the course of a day.
Chris Phillips Now this Chris did head south for the winter. After doing a fantastic job on the write-ups for KLO Creek, the Summerland native is currently on a six month climbing marathon through the southwest States. Probably back for spring climbing in the Okanagan. Chris and Craig Lingley are part of the original Creek bolters. Craig is a manager at Myra Canyon Adventure Park (above the KLO Creek). He regularly pitched in on guidebook photo shoots and grading discussions.
Andy White and I both love the 'Fields, and he was an invaluable source for checking Pika Road bouldering beta. Trail maps were given greater influence in this second edition of Kelowna Rock, and for that Alan Yamada and Janice McQuilkin joined in on the bushwhacking ventures.
If you love climbing in Kelowna, consider yourself an honorary local. Rock star photos in Kelowna Rock feature climbers from Kelowna, Kamloops, Revelstoke, Vernon, Naramata and Penticton.