Now some people might not give two poops about this and I completely understand. However, for some of you who read this, I'm hoping this serves as a bit of an invitation to head out this way and give some of these toughies a go. There are more than enough now throughout the Okanagan to keep most people busy for a while.
After careful, mind blowing calculations, we figure that there are now about 30-35 problems in the Okanagan Valley ranging from about V10-V11/12. Some of these will undoubtedly experience some grade correction (or maybe not much from what we've seen so far), but that's still a good chunk of double digit lines compared to just a few years back when I doubt the valley even had over 5-10? We've definitely been busy and with new double digit lines being added at a very quick pace and new rock being discovered daily, who knows where this number will be when the guidebook finally comes out?
Jay on the Nerf Roof Project. This one is tried, tested and true and it's hard to think it's easier than V13. Photo- Jess Zotto
Just as interesting to me is that fact that we also easily came up with a list of 15-20 projects that we figure will be at least V12 or above... and that's just the lines we've seen or tired (if you've been to the Boulderfields, you know how much rock is waiting to be found in there). Some of these lines are mega hard and will likely require an import to put them down... or maybe not if people wait too long to get here?
Me playing on the Ice Talons Low Project (This one has one ridiculously hard pull to start!)
All in all, that's at least 50 or so lines in the Okanagan right now that range from V10 to VSuper Duper Hard. I've been to a number of bouldering destinations where there aren't even close to that many hard testpieces to keep the crushers busy. I guess that means if you're looking for something new and tough, and maybe you want to throw down on some projects, you should give Okanagan bouldering a try?
If you'd like any info on these lines or any others in the Okanagan, please feel free to email me (Andy) at email@example.com