The Atom line of jackets by Arc’teryx have an established reputation as warm, light and stylish jackets that are best used as cold weather mid-layers and shoulder season outer-layers. The Atom Super light (SL) is similar in fit and appearance to the Atom LT and AR, but it has much lighter insulation that makes it best suited for high output activities or milder days. Squamish Climbing Magazine has been putting the Atom SL through its paces on snow, rock, and muddy trails over the past 10 weeks, and we’ve found it to be a versatile addition to an admittedly already packed gear closet.
Arc’teryx, the technical leader in outdoor performance apparel and equipment is proud to announce the keynote speakers, mountain films and live music lineup that will underscore the upcoming ARC’TERYX Climbing Academy, scheduled for July 14th – 17th, 2016 in beautiful Squamish, British Columbia.
We are pleased to announce that Peter Michaux has put up the first problem at The Constellations in Squamish, BC. The Constellations. The Constellations are part of a new bouldering area found by Peter Michaux on Mt. Habrich (see the story at his site!). This new discovery may be the next destination spot for Squamish, BC.
Tom Peckitt of the UK recently spent several weeks bouldering here in Squamish. He racked up a very impressive tick list. Here is a video including some highlights. Included is Sushi Special (V12) at Paradise, a problem I have never seen footage of before. What a treat…
We are very pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work of Nic Williams, all Revelstoke bouldering topos are now available at revelstokebouldering.ca The website is full of information of Revelstoke Bouldering including downloadable topos for five of the main areas. Special thanks to those who put in the time to build this site. Looks like a trip to Revelstoke is in the cards!
The Squamish Access Society conducted a survey over the last month regarding the upcoming Squamish Rampage Festival on August 13th, 2016. The festival revolves around the Stawamus Chief Boulders and is starting to gather a fair amount of momentum. Squamish Access Society was looking for public opinion regarding the festival and the results of the survey can be found here.
Feature video of a new area on Miller River Road in Skykomish, WA.
Tucked in the lush forrest off Miller River Road, is a hidden gem of incredible lines, This video showcases a few of these classics.
Get your Western Washington Bouldering Guidebook here.
A little flick featuring a few of the problems at Duke Point in Nanaimo, BC
A few weeks ago visiting American climber Cole Bradburn cruised through town and snagged the second ascent of Jimmy Webb’s classic “I Shot the Sheriff” V13 in the North Walls. Here is the video. Great music and if you don’t recognize it you may want to catch up on some important climbing culture.
We are very excited to announce that Bolder Climbing Community, Calgary’s first bouldering specific climbing gym is slated to open in the winter of 2016/2017 in South-Central Calgary.
Josh Muller, Craig Doram, and Zak McGurk have been long time climbing partner and now business partners. Growing up growing up as climber these three have spent more time in climbing gyms than their own homes and have amazing plans for their new facility. Bolder Climbing will be a community based gym where all levels of climbers are welcome and will be challenged.
Stay tuned to Squamish Climbing Magazine for all the details!
Area 44 parking update. As of today, Black Mount logging has started hauling timber out of the Swift Creek FSR. This affects the parking situation at the regular parking site for area 44. Follow the posted no parking signs please. Within the signed zone there are 4 to 5 legal angle parking spots. If these are occupied please park in the Tantulus viewpoints 150 m north on the Swift Creek FSR or on the west side of Highway 99. Cars parked inside the clearly posted no parking zone will be ticketed and/or towed.
Very excited to share a recap of last weeks Rock the Bloc event by Andy White.
Rock the Blocs 2016 is in the books and although the weather hampered the event a bit, once again, the festival was a massive success. This year, more than 200 people attended RTB with strong crews traveling from Vancouver, Calgary, Lethbridge, all over the Okanagan, the U.S. and even Mexico. The event has truly jumped beyond its humble local beginnings. Add in to the mix the fact that this year’s field of competitors was stacked, and it made for an entertaining competition.
Year-end Bouldering Competition this Weekend at The Grand Wall Bouldering Co-op | Saturday June 25th, 2016
The Grand Wall Bouldering Co-op in Squamish, BC will be hosting a year-end Bouldering competition this Saturday June 25th, 2016 starting @ 11 am.
Join us for an end of spring fun bouldering competition at Squamish’s only Bouldering Co-op!!
There will be problems for everyone from small kid to the strongest giants around.
All ages and sizes welcome…!!
Scramble format with games and contest in between heats.
Tickets available for both our competition raffle and our monthly raffle so bring your toonies!!!
BC Parks Notice: Parking Enforcement Policy to Begin July 4th, 2016 for Stawamus Chief and Murrin Park
After putting up concrete barriers last month in an effort to reduce parking on the road, BC Parks has made an announcement that they will be enforcing a new parking policy effective July 4th, 2016 at the Stawamus Chief and Murrin Park.
BC Parks is implementing a parking enforcement policy at Stawamus Chief and Murrin parks.
Provincial parks along the Sea-to-Sky corridor have experienced exceptional growth in visitor numbers, leading to parking congestion and illegally parked vehicles. Public safety is paramount for BC Parks, and new parking policies are being put in place to ensure safe access for all.
Visitors must park in designated parking lots and observe the “no parking” signs posted. Effective July 4, 2016 BC Parks will be implementing a tow-away policy for any vehicles parked illegally.
We are pleased to announce that Stu Smith has made the first ascent of a multi-year project in the Smoke Bluffs. Eventually forgetting about the dyno and crimping his way up the face, Stu made the first ascent of ‘Every Minute (5.13d)’. According to Stu, the crux is much harder than any 5.13c he has sent in recent years and the boulder problem weighs in at v10-v11. Let the games begin!
This past November, Adam Ondra made the first ascent of C.R.S. (9b), the hardest sport climb in France. For Adam, this route meant progression, as it was the quickest he had ever redpointed 9b. Adam says that after having dedicated countless hours training in the gym for competitions in the past couple of years, this redpoint of C.R.S. showed him that the hard work of competition-specific training translates to climbing outside as well. This video, filmed and edited by Bernardo Gimenez and narrated by Adam, provides a compelling window into Adam’s personal philosophy and mindset about climbing, training and his passion for progression.
Over the past week, there has been two ground falls in Squamish.
The first occurred last Sunday in the Smoke Bluffs. According to the Squamish Chief, the climber fell 20 meters and was then airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital where he received multiple surgeries. Very few details are known about the incident and why the fall occurred. According to a fundraising campaign (found here) the climber was Josh Pelland from Alberta and he has undergone multiple surgeries.
To donate, please visit the fundraising page here. Squamish Climbing Magazine will post more details as they become available.
The second ground fall occurred at the Top Shelf crag in Squamish just before the weekend. According to details via facebook, the climber was being lowered when the rope went through the belay device and the the climber fell to the ground. The climber broke both of his heels and fibia and was airlifted out of the area to hospital via Squamish Search and Rescue. We have good news that the climber made it to the Sikh Festival in downtown Squamish on Saturday via wheelchair and was in good spirits. With various rope sizes being used and longer routes, it is increasingly important to check rope length and tie a knot in the end of your rope.
To donate and support Squamish Search and Rescue, please visit their website.