Climbing the Stawamus Chief in Squamish

Squamish | British Columbia
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Top reasons to climb the Stawamus Chief in Squamish

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    Climb some of the finest multi-pitches in Canada

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    Hundreds of available routes for climbers of all skill levels

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    The hike down is easy and the vistas are amazing

The second-highest granite monolith in the world hides some first-class multi-pitches. Towering over Squamish and Howe Sound at 2,300 feet (700 m), “The Chief” hosts hundreds of routes ranging from sort-of challenging to nails-hard. While you’ll find runout slabs, splitter cracks, and bolted face climbs, the multi-pitches absolutely take the cake. From the terrifying slabby marathons on the Apron to the Grand Wall, one of North America’s biggest classics, soaring sends await in this big wall playground. Learn more about Rock Climbing in Squamish from Jase Wilson, alpinist and Ph.D. researcher in Tourism Studies.


July through September

Nearest city

Vancouver, BC, is 50 minutes away from the Stawamus Chief in Squamish


1 day

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced


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Climbing the Stawamus Chief With a Guide


Tick one of the world’s largest granite monoliths off your bucket list with the help of an ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guide. Take on the monumental Stawamus Chief via one of six exciting multi-pitches, ranging from 5.9 to 5.10c. When you finish, enjoy a panoramic overlook of the entire Squamish and Howe area.


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Angela T. about Black Sheep Adventure Sports on Facebook

Organized, personal and fun adventures. All my trips with Black Sheep Adventure Sports are definitely full value! Monte is a great guide and knows his way around the Squamish area / West Coast, so if you can give him an idea of what you’d like to experience, he can find the right objective!

Ashley G. about Black Sheep Adventure Sports on Facebook

Monte is a great guide! Very knowledgeable, fun, and safe. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to get out in the backcountry or rock climbing. He can teach you skills or just show you a great, stress-free time in the mountains!

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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’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A full day of climbing
    • Group technical and safety equipment
    • All necessary permits

What’s not included:

    • Transportation 
    • Accommodations
    • Harness and rock shoes (can be rented from guide)
    • Food and snacks

How fit do I need to be?

A moderate level of fitness is required for this tour, as you’ll spend the whole day hiking and climbing multi-pitches at high altitudes. 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?

This tour is meant for climbers with good fitness levels and some previous climbing experience. You’ll spend a full day climbing 7 to 15-pitch routes rated at 5.9 or above, reaching altitudes of over 2,300 feet (700 m). 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!

What about required equipment?

Most 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 (can be rented from the guide)
    • Ropes
    • Rock shoes (can be rented from the guide, 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 40L bag)
    • Light shirt and jacket
    • Multipurpose pants
    • Water bottle
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • Sunscreen and lip balm
    • 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.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • The group size for this climb is usually between 1–2 people with one guide. 
    • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family. 

Climbing tours of the Chief 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 older than 10 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
    • Minors under the age of 10 cannot participate in this tour.

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 the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport 50 minutes away. From there, you can rent a car, or take a bus or taxi to Squamish.

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.

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