Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Squamish
Something for everyone: sport, trad, bouldering, cracks, walls, single and multi-pitch
The approaches are short and practical, letting you maximize your time on the rocks
A massive climbing community to hike, bike, swim, and paddle with on rest days
An hour’s drive north of Vancouver is all that separates you from Squamish, a granite playground with world-class climbs in every discipline under the sun. The boulders range from V0-V15, encompassing the full gamut of “techy” granite trickery. The walls abound in single-pitch trad routes, from straight-forward classics to wide cracks and layback dihedrals, along with some delicate sport climbs. Finally, the multi-pitching is great—so great that it earned the Stawamus Chief the moniker “Little Yosemite”. Whatever you want, Squamish has it. Dive into the details about why Squamish might be the best climbing spot in Canada from Jase Wilson, alpinist and Ph.D. researcher in Tourism Studies.
April through October
Vancouver, BC, is an hour away from Squamish
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your days
Half-Day Rock Climbing Experience with a Guide
Join an ACMG-certified guide for a half-day climbing adventure in Squamish! Leave your comfort zone and push your limits on Squamish’s fantastic granite. Don’t worry about the gear—your guides have you covered, all you need to think about is nailing the climb.
Private Rock Climbing Instruction
Up your climbing game and gain confidence on the rocks with a day of private instruction. An ACMG-certified guide will customize the day to your needs, giving you the chance to work on your skillset while climbing Squamish’s top objectives.
Single Pitch Rock Climbing and Instruction
Take on Squamish’s bucket-list single-pitches, such as the 5.4 Dusty Eyes and the 5.11C Crime of the Century, on a rock climbing tour with seasoned local guides. Take some private lessons with your friends, get some one-on-one time with an expert, or send some epic routes—the day is fully customized to you and your needs.
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing and Instruction
Test your multi-pitch prowess on Squamish’s impeccable granite with the help of an expert local guide. Whether it’s your first multi-pitch outing or a big-wall proj you’ve been eyeing for a while, your guide will fully adapt the day to your objectives.
Meet your guide
Altus Mountain Guides
IFMGA/ACMG Certified Guides
As our first outdoor climb, our excellent guide Tucker was able to coach me and my girlfriend up the side of the Chief. The experience of climbing a vertical rock face with the amazing views of the Chief and Howe Sound is something I won’t soon forget.
I felt safe and secure, and I learned a ton. Great objective, great weather, great food, and great company – it doesn’t get any better than this! Can’t wait to get back out there with the Altus guides – don’t leave home without ’em!
Did two climbing courses with Altus and both were great! Very skilled and experienced instructors who knew how to pass on their knowledge and let you learn hands-on. I can fully recommend Altus for any outdoor course or trip!
We hire a guide on a 2:1 ratio to go through some skills we’d been meaning to practice before doing some multi-pitch routes by ourselves. We emailed our guide (Tucker) the night before with a list of the skills and he worked through them in the course of the day, giving explanations about what works best and why. Highly recommend Altus guides to anyone else – thanks again
Things to know
Covid measures in Squamish, British Columbia
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Squamish, BC, please refer to Canada’s official COVID-19 travel guidelines and the Province of British Columbia’s COVID-19 travel guidelines.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of climbing and instruction depending on your chosen itinerary
- All technical climbing equipment
What’s not included:
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 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 about required equipment?
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:
- 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)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 30L bag)
- Water bottle with 1L of water
- Lunch and snacks
- Full pants or capris
- Long-sleeve shirt or T-shirt
- Warm sweatshirt or lightweight down jacket
- Wind and water-resistant jacket (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Warm hat — optional
- Good approach shoes
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- 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.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For the half-day tours, single-pitch tours, and the private rock climbing instruction, the max guest-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
- For the multi-pitch tours, the max guest-to-guide ratio is 2:1.
- For the half-day tours, the cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows. A minimum of 2 participants is required for the half-day tours to run.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days in Squamish can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb 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.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Squamish, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport 1 hour away. From there, you can rent a car, or take a bus or taxi.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.