Squamish Rock Climbing
Squamish rock climbing is world renowned as the destination for granite rock climbing destination, with a variety of climbing options for all!
It is the stone that brings climbers to Squamish from around the world. The rock in Squamish is Granite, but it takes on many different forms in the Sea to Sky corridor, which gives different areas distinctive qualities. The variety of routes is what attracts climbers to Squamish, there are currently over 3500 routes and boulder problems in the corridor with more constantly being developed.
Single pitch cracks and slabs, sport climbing and endless bouldering are all available in Squamish for rock climbing enthusiast of all skills and preferences.
Squamish Rock Climbing Guides
A rock climbing guide is a great way to explore the 3500 plus routes in the Sea to Sky region and find the best route suited to your skills and rock climbing style. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced who likes sport climbing, crack climbing, bouldering, single pitch cracks and slabs, sweeping multi pitch and technical vert climbing our guides can help you explore the terrain and improve your skills.
Squamish Rock Climbing Companies & Local Gear Shops
Info & Locations
In Squamish the granite is compact and hard, with cracks and corners showing climbable lines. Tiny crystals protrude from the stone providing almost limitless opportunities for face climbing on lower angle slabs. The rock around Squamish has been smoothed by glaciers thousands of years ago, but in some locations you can find edges and flakes making steep terrain travel doable.
In the northern sea to sky region, on the way to whistler, the rock was not affected by glaciers and has been weathered and fractured to produce excellent gymnastic face climbing. The cracks and sweeping slabs of Squamish are replaced by intricate faces, steep, juggy walls and with the odd jaw dropping roof.
Rock climbing is available year round in Squamish, located at sea level means we get limited snow in the winter and weather conditions are very moderate. The best seasons to climb are as follows:
Behavior in parks
The following rock climbing locations in Squamish are all located within the BC provincial parks, please follow the guidelines and code of conduct when visiting a provincial park.
Rock Climbing Squamish Locations
With over 3500 routes with a current boom in new route development, it is difficult to cover all locations and routes. This is to serve as an outline for the different climbing locations in Squamish and the Sea to Sky. In order to climb the best route suited for your skills and levels we suggest that you go with a guide.
Squamishadventure.com will continually cover some of the best locations for visitors of all skills and preference. For a more detailed and complete list please pick up a copy of the latest Squamish Select available at Valhalla pure.
The Squamish Chief
This massive granite rock is a world class rock climbing destination, rising above the stunning views of the Howe Sound. The Chief is located approximately 7 kilometers north of Murrin park and two kilometers south of the entrance to downtown Squamish.
There are a variety of climbing routes & abilities on The Chief, however, due to the granite smooth friction slabs & usual assortment of cracks make up the majority of the features on The Chief. The Chief hosts single pitch as well as the hall mark multi pitch routes.
Murrin Park is a popular climbing destinations in Squamish, that caters to a variety of climbers with different abilities. Whether you are looking for steep, bolted sports climbs, or splitter cracks with gear placement you will find what you are looking for on the cliffs surrounding Browning Lake
Murrin park is located 9km south of Squamish, and 60 km north of Vancouver, directly off of highway 99. The parking lot gets very busy on a sunny weekend, and the gates close at dusk.
The cliffs around Browning lake offer great climbing routes. The Sugar Loaf and brunser offer quality moderates made for top roping. SugarLoaf is a popular climbing route, with a variety of crack and face routes. While Petrifying wall is a world class cliff that features more difficult routes than any other location in the sea to sky.
The Papoose- is located approximately 1km south of the chief viewpoint parking lot. The papoose is a large 150 meter high cliff with a stunning view overlooking the Howe Sound. The climbing routes are characterized by short multipitch routes which follow strong crack lines up the face.
Gear will be determined by the style of climbing in which you choose to participate, but here is a basic guide line for gear