Squamish | British Columbia

Rock Climbing in Squamish

Skill level

All skill levels welcome!

Group size

1 – 6 / private groups are available

Price range

$325 – $450 per person

Season

April through October

Duration

1 – 2 days

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All hail to the Chief!

The Chief, officially Stawamus Chief Mountain, is a granite dome that towers 700m above Squamish and Howe Sound; it’s also a huge draw for rock climbers from all over the world. The Chief isn’t the only draw in the area either. There’s solid crack climbing in the Smoke Bluffs, more amazing granite at Star Chek, which is right above the Cheakamus River, and even more routes at Mount Garibaldi, Shannon Falls, Murrin Park, Seal Cove, and Area 44. The list goes on and on. No matter your favored discipline, there’s enough trad, sport and bouldering options to keep any level of climber happy. Forever. Just ask the people who live there. It’s not just the myriad of climbing objectives and bouldering problems that make Squamish a draw for visitors, the climbing scene and community is supportive and comprehensive. And hey, after a morning on the crags, you can go for a mountain bike ride on Squamish’s equally revered singletrack.

Climbing in Squamish is remarkable for its easy access to stunning granite and seemingly unlimited trad, sport, and bouldering objectives.

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Climb the Chief

Forget hiking up Squamish’s granite monolith. Climb it instead. There are various routes to try on your day out on Sqauamish’s signature dome. Some routes are a doable 5.9, but there’s others that can better suit your needs if you so desire!

Multi-Pitch Routes

Spend a day climbing multi-pitch route(s) in Squamish with a local, certified guide. Have the day’s objective tailored to your needs and abilities.

Intro to Traditional Climbing

Spend two days learning the skills that you need to start climbing traditional routes set in Squamish’s stunning terrain. Learn about identifying hazards, gear functionality, building anchors and performing mock leads with trad gear.

Squamish Splitter Camp

It’s time to get into crack climbing! Focus on technique involving off-width, protection strategies and get advanced tips for upping your game. Participants should definitely have some previous climbing experience and be comfortable leading 5.9 or 5.10 climbs. Learn more at Altus Mountain Guides

Who should climb in Squamish

Everyone should. The town is practically made for outdoor adventure lovers. The routes are super accessible with plenty of enticing options for all levels of climbers. For “rest days” there’s plenty to keep you busy when you’re not at a crag!

Need to know

When is the best time to go?

While you can climb April through October, July and August are generally the driest months. Keep in mind that the Pacific Northwest is infamous for its rainfall. Also, depending on how you feel about climbing in the cold, sometimes you can climb year round! Just beware of the rain.

What about bad weather?

While Squamish receives a fair amount of rain, most of it is usually on the lighter side, though it can of course pour. Be sure to ask your guide service about their policies when weather disrupts climbing.

What's a typical itinerary?

Usually you’ll meet up with your guide, go over gear and beta, and then plan on what routes you want to ascend, or what techniques you want to focus on most, depending on your skill level and course. For climbing in RMNP, count on a very, very early start to beat the afternoon storms.

What about group sizes?

Group sizes are usually between 1 – 6 people with one instructor. Also, remember that the costs decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

Getting there

Squamish is about an hour’s drive north of Vancouver, BC.

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