While rock climbing might not be for everyone, if you’re living in Squamish, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ve been exposed to it. Whether you’ve been indoor climbing with school, have wandered through the bluffs on a busy day, or spotted teams of people working their way up the walls of the Stawamus Chief, you’re likely to understand the emotions – fear, nervousness, happiness and elation – that go alongside the sport.
For the month of July we’ve chosen a video that can’t help but inspire you to grab your shoes, a chalk bag, and some friends before heading out to sample our world class granite.
This video follows Will Stanhope, a professional climber, ACMG mountain guide, and Squamish resident, as he free solos the three pitch High Plains Drifter (5.11c) route, over 600m up the Stawamus Chief and explains the difference between rope climbing and free soloing.
There’s beautiful imagery, amazing perspectives of the Chief and Howe Sound, terrifying climbing and words from the man himself.
“For me, it’s the most beautiful way to move over rock unencumbered, and uh, it’s a great feeling.” ~ Will Stanhope