Here are some photos from rock climbing and hiking in the Penticton area of BC, at
Skaha Bluffs Preservation Area with Erik Olson, Victoria K, and my beautiful wife Natalia.


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I convinced Natalia and her friend Victoria to come out to Skaha, near Penticton to try out
some sweet rock climbing. Erik Olson also came along to show us how to climb. This is the
approach into the area of Skaha Bluffs Preservation Area.


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Here are Erik and I looking back onto Skaha Lake.


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Here's Erik looking like a princess as the girls catch up to our approach in.


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This was Victoria's first time trying rock climbing. Here she is trying to attach her rope to
her harness.


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This is for Victoria's mom as it actually proves that she was off the ground and attached to the rope.
Nice work Victoria!


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Erik hopped on the same route and with a little help from his friend (aka the bolts and rope), he
made his way to the top as well.


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He looks like he's really climbing here.


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Here he is at the top of his first climb. Way to go Erik!


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A close up of the big guy.


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Yes sir, way to go Erik Olson!


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Here is Erik on the hike out.


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Here are the ladies enjoying the hike out. They were happy to make the trip out as there was far
less uphill and Victoria's shoes worked a lot better.


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After a really long drive from Calgary, my good friend Ken Lee saved us the hassle of cowboy camping
by securing us a sweet campsite with him and his friends right on the lake. It was pretty sweet.
Here are Natalia and Erik under the tarp we erected to stay dry. Who would have thought that we would
drive all the way to the Okanagan for rain?


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Here I am loving my new RoadTrip Grille that I bought to step up car camping a level or two. This
was the first outing with the grill and it performed admirably.


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Here are Erik Olson and Aaron H standing by Skaha Lake. I've never camped this close to water before.
It was a pretty sweet location.


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Erik and I thought this sign was awesome.


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Denis, this one's for you.


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I didn't take any photos the day before since Erik and I got caught in a lot of rain and the ladies
spent the day toodling around town. Here are Erik, Victoria, and Nati making their way to the
main climbing area for another day of fun climbing.


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Here is Victoria trying what turned out to be a 5.10b. Oops. Nice read of the guidebook Paul!


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Erik even got to do some belaying. Nice helmet!

Video of Victoria climbing



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This is the picture I took to prove that Victoria climbed quite high.


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And here is Victoria belaying while she's attached to a tree. She and Natalia thought this was
really really funny.


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This is Natalia pulling a "gratuitous heel hook" for Jeff Hemphill.


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Again, Victoria thought being attached to a tree was funny.


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Here is Erik cranking on some rock. CRANK!


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We stopped at Canyon Hot Springs near Revelstoke on the way home. Here is Erik enjoying some heat.


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Natalia and Victoria enjoying the heat.


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We had some random Asian lady take this photo for us. The intrepid explorers had a great weekend! Thanks
to Ken for the campsite and to all of the kids for a great Labour Day weekend.

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