Squamish | British Columbia

Rock Climbing in Squamish

Season

April – October; summer is peak season

Nearest city

Vancouver, BC is a one-hour drive south

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Find out what makes Squamish a world-class climbing destination

Rock climbing in Squamish is about as good as it gets. No matter what you’re looking for — trad, sport, multi-pitch, splitter cracks, bouldering — you’ll find it all in this outdoor adventure town. It’s known for the Chief, but that isn’t the only draw in the area. There’s solid crack climbing in the Smoke Bluffs, more amazing granite at Star Chek above the Cheakamus River, and tons of routes at Mount Garibaldi, Shannon Falls, Murrin Park and Area 44, and it’s all waiting to be climbed. Get the most out of your visit with instruction from a certified local guide.

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Day of Private Climbing With a Guide

From $140 per person · Full-day

Spend a full day on the rocks with your own private guide. Your customized itinerary will be catered to your skill level and style of climbing. Whether you’re a beginner looking to gain confidence or a seasoned climber looking to make the most out of your day, your guide will choose the best routes suited to you. Experience one of the classics or tap into the hidden gems of the area only known by locals — it’s all up to you.

Half-day of Private Instruction With a Guide

From $100 per person · Half-day

Accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Let a certified guide work with you to fasttrack your development on techniques and skills of your choosing. Short on time in Squamish but still want to experience world-class climbing? Let your guide customize the perfect half-day of climbing for you on one the classic routes in the area.

Multi-pitch Rock Climbing Day

From $235 per person · Full-day

Learn how to successfully climb the multi-pitch routes you’ve been dreaming about. Over the course of a full day, your guide will work with you to develop skills like route selection, multi-pitch belaying methods, protection techniques, anchor construction, rappelling, and emergency preparedness. You’ll leave with the ability to tackle multi-pitch routes quickly and safely and have the confidence to take on bigger challenges like Yosemite.

Things you need to know

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

Why should I go rock climbing?

Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.

Adding that to the fact that Squamish is one of the best rock climbing locations in the world, is there really any reason not to try it out?

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • A half or full day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
  • Technical climbing gear

Technical gear list

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

  • Helmet
  • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
  • Rock shoes* (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
  • Ropes
  • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 35L bag)
  • Water bottle and 1L of water
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

Squamish has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

For intermediate to advanced climbers, Squamish has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

What does a typical day look like?

Your climbing itinerary will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you.

Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:

  • 8:30 AM: Meet your guide at the Squamish Adventure Centre
  • 9:00 AM: Gear up, travel to Smoke Bluffs Park and head out to the crag (two-minute drive, ten-minute hike)
  • 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Climb your objective for the day, stopping for lunch and breaks as needed
  • 4:30 pm: Back to the cars for debriefing and high fives

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

What is the minimum age requirement?

If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
Kids younger than 14 can go climbing on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For single-pitch climbs, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1 and cost is per person. Multi-pitch climbs consist of 2 people per guide.
Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

Squamish is known for rain, so be prepared to accommodate Mother Nature. As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:

If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

Squamish is a one-hour drive north of Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway. On the day of your Chief climb, you will meet at the Squamish Adventure Centre and make your way as a group to the crag.

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