Kelowna’s Myra Canyon is Area’s Newest Crag
Myra Canyon is a new-ish sport climbing area near Kelowna, B.C. and has a number of hard routes.
The area has undergone a lot of development from the focused energy of a few dedicated individuals in Chris Phillips, Adam Tutte and Craig Lingley.
Myra Canyon may become known for it’s high concentration of challenging routes 5.12 up to possibly 5.14 but also has many easier, quality climbs.
Jordan Motruk, a Kelowna-based climber, said: These guys would really like to see people out enjoying the 30 or so routes they’ve set. The canyon walls offer lots of shade and it’s usually quite drafty. The forest and the cool stream help moderate the temps making it an amazing summer projecting area, at least as good as anywhere in the Okanagan.”
The area has garnered praise from seasoned veterans such as “This is the best 5.9 I’ve climbed – three fun stars in the next guidebook.” Another commentator said, “Hands down the best climb in Kelowna,” in regards to Care Bear 5.10b.
Here is a video of the one and only Chris Phillips giving us his manliest of grunts on the first ascent of a route in the Bear Cave called Bear Down 5.12d.
Due to the area being relatively new, some holds might be dusty and some ledges might have small loose rocks. It’s always a good idea to wear a helmet.