We are very excited that Katie Bono will be speaking Friday July 20th, 2017 at the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy in downtown Squamish! Recently coming off a speed record up the Alaska’s Mount Denali, Katie is an accomplished alpinist and climber and she will be talking about her experiences.
Growing up in Minneapolis, Katie’s first introduction to the outdoors came in cross country ski racing. This taught her many skills that she would use later on, including how to suffer for long periods of time and how to cope with absurdly cold weather. In high school, Katie travelled to the Canadian Rockies for the first time on a training trip and fell in love with the mountains. This love affair deepened while ski racing for Dartmouth College in New Hampshire when she discovered climbing. After retiring from the ski racing circuit in 2011, Katie began guiding and had the chance to pursue climbing more extensively.
Keenan Takahashi realizes a dream of three years and completes the first ascent of Ubuntu (8B/V13). Video also includes footage of the FA of Overshadowed, as well as a fully-redlined ascent of Jimmy Webb’s brilliant Speed of Sound.
Trail Day Notice for this weekend! SAS and CASBC will be holding their annual trail days at Rogues Gallery this Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July.
Please use extra caution if visiting Rogues this weekend as trail crews will be working in multiple locations throughout the climbing area. Better yet, come out and give back to these heavily used trails! Participants should meet at the Adventure Centre @ 9:30am both days.
With the 2017 Arc’teryx Climbing Academy kicking off things today, we thought it would be a great idea to check in with one of our favourite Arc’teryx athletes, Jonathan Siegrist.
Over the past year, Jonathan has been making headlines with a few big sends and notably his accomplishment of Pachamama (5.15a). A regular at the festival as well as the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Jonathan is the quintessential professional athlete and always inspiring. Jonathan will be taking part in Squamish Exposed as well as teaching an advanced sport climbing clinic this weekend. The following interview is a follow up to our interview with Jonathan in February of this year.
We are pleased to announce that Juan Fercovic sent Pulse (5.14a) this evening on his second try of the night. This one is special because Juan is about to be a father any minute and had a tiny bit of extra pressure to send this week.
In strong fashion, British climber Jacob Cook (who now lives in Squamish) continued his way through the Big Show classics, ticking Revival (5.14b) early last week after sending Division Bell (5.13d) and Pulse (5.14a) only weeks before.
Two big local sends in one evening. We are very psyched to announce that Ben Harnden sent the Squamish test piece Northridge (v14) last night in Gibb’s Cave, exiting the problem to the right as for Black Hole.
1. Added another bolt to the roof section of the 3rd pitch
2. moved the belay at the top of the 4th pitch up and left
3. A note regarding the rap line for Nanook and New Life – some 70m ropes do not make it back to the top of the 1st on Nanook. Tie knots and if you are unsure if you can make it, there is a rap station directly below that is hard to see and will get you back to the ground more easily.
A lot of great ideas supporting female climbing out of Touchstone Climbing in the Bay area.
This video of some of Touchstone’s female directors and managers climbing together is what our Woman Up Climbing Festival at Dogpatch Boulders on July 22nd and 23rd is all about. It’s an invitation to celebrate all the womxn in our community, from old-school lifers to bright-eyed newbies, industry pros to weekend warriors. It’s about creating space for womxn to build solidarity, share their accomplishments, and explore new opportunities that previously seemed unavailable or uncomfortable. We’re so excited about this event and can’t wait to see you all there on July 22+23 at Dogpatch Boulders!
The road building on the Conroy Creek FSR required for logging operations in the area will start on Friday 14th July, several months later than originally advised, and continue 7 days per week. Work sites on the FSR are well beyond the Chek parking lots, but heavy machinery will be brought into the area so people driving on the FSR between the parking lots and the 99 should take care.