Ground Up Climbing Centre
is an anchor in the Squamish climbing community, creating a welcoming space for climbers of all levels to learn, train, and grow.
On Site Features:
- – 8000 sq. ft. of climbing space
- – 94 ft. long bouldering wall
- – Near 40 foot high route climbing
- – Attention paid to the flow of the space between kids programming beginner terrain, and advanced areas.
- – Specific training area for experienced climbers
- – A Kids boulder with slide!
- – Function room for meetings and parties
- – Satellite Zephyr Cafe on site
- – Physiotherapy and personal training services
Address: 1201 Commercial Way #207, Squamish, BC V8B 0V1
Phone: (604) 567-8850
What is Climbing?
Rock Climbing has long been an activity that defines Squamish. In recent years it has gained incredible momentum both indoors and outside. The draw to climbing is that it challenges us mentally, physically and technically almost in even portions.
This makes it a great way to stay fit, stay engaged and have fun. There are 3 main ways to enjoy climbing in the Ground Up Climbing Centre. Please be aware that certifications are required before participating in any of the activities listed below.
Bouldering involves climbing without a rope up to 17 feet high. When you fall, you land on the large padded floor underneath. Bouldering is a great activity whether you are in a group or alone. Our bouldering areas are available at any time; simply purchase admission to the gym and started with a brief safety orientation. If you are looking for something to do that will kill 30 minutes, or 3 hours, come on down and give bouldering a try. Problems are set up on the wall for all ages and difficulty levels.
Bouldering is dangerous: You will fall, and when you fall, you will land on the floor. Please review all posted rules, safety information, and consult a staff member before beginning your bouldering session.
2) TOP ROPE CLIMBING
Top-roping is the most common style used at indoor climbing walls. A climber is attached to one end of a rope, which then passes up through an anchor at the top of the wall, and then down to a partner who belays the climber. As the climber ascends the wall, the belayer pulls in the slack rope, such that if a climber were to let go, they would be held in place on the wall. Top-roping is the ideal way to start climbing for beginners, since it is psychologically easier and less physically demanding than lead climbing.
* In order to top rope climb in Ground Up Climbing Centre, you must receive facility certification. If you would like to learn these skills please sign up for a course*
3) lead CLIMBING
Lead climbing differs from Top-Roping in that the climber does not have an anchor point above them whilst climbing, but clips their rope onto the wall as they ascend. This does give potential for larger falls and presents a greater mental challenge. Generally a climber will have climbed many times on top-rope before they progress to lead climbing.
Like top-roping, the lead climber must have another person acting as a belayer. However, the belayer’s job is more complex than for top-roping, since they not only hold the rope in the event of a fall, but also must give out rope or taking up slack as the climber moves up and progressively clips the rope into the quick draws.