The Prow (West Face)

4 Sport Climbs, 4 Trad Climbs


One of Skaha's largest and most impressive walls has a relatively small number of routes and, sadly, few of them are actually worth doing. This is partially due to the quality of the rock, which is scaly and loose on the west face, but that crag's slightly out-of-the-way location doesn't help either. Most climbers come to adventure up the two-pitch gear route 'Slow Pitch' (5.10c), but 'Disparu' (5.11d) is an excellent two-pitch adventure sport climb up the south face. Hopefully, an ambitious local will adopt this cliff in the near future and help realize it's true potential.

The large, imposing Prow has two distinct aspects. The south face, home to 'Slow Pitch' and 'Disparu,' gets sun from mid-morning until evening. The west face, left of the arete, gets shade until early afternoon and then bakes until sunset. A few large trees shade the base of the south face.

Directions / Travel Info:

From the map kiosk in the lower parking lot, follow the main hiking trail to the base of The Fortress. Once there, turn right and follow signs that lead to Red Tail Wall and on toward Doctor's Wall. Just beyond the north end of Red Tail, the trail passes a toilet before continuing uphill on the far side to a small plateau and a signed junction. Continue uphill toward Doctor's Wall and Fern Gully. At the top of this hill, with the southern tip of Doctor's Wall just ahead, look very closely for a faint trail that drops downhill in the grass on the left. Carefully follow this trail down and around to the right. The impressive, west-facing Prow will come into view after a couple of minutes.

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