Sea to Sky Rock Climbs

Gripped - - CONTENTS - By Jimmy Martinello

Chris Wel­don and Ni­chol Shep­pard climb­ing An­drew Boyd’s new route Zanadrew at Howe Sound

The Sea to Sky Cor­ri­dor is one of the most spec­tac­u­lar and ad­ven­tur­ous places on the planet and it has some amaz­ing climbs. Moun­tains rising from the ocean, coastal rain­for­est and enough rock climb­ing for a life­time. The Chief, be­ing worl­drenowned, of­ten lures clim­bers to its steep faces, but when you look around and be­gin to ex­plore around Squamish, there’s a lot of great climb­ing wait­ing to be had.

From the smooth, clean gran­ite of the sea cliffs of the Howe Sound and the golden gran­ite of Anvil Is­land, to Squamish Par­adise Val­ley and the Cheak­mus River cor­ri­dor, you can then head north to the en­chanted Nairn Falls and Green River walls and boul­ders.

It’s get­ting busier on the West Coast, but you just need to be a lit­tle more creative to find the soli­tude you’re look­ing for. So grab a pad­dle board, ty­ro­lian across a river, hike high into the alpine and be sure to get up early, stay out late, get off the beaten track and find that hid­den gem you don’t even know you’re look­ing for. Here are some of the gems that are im­por­tant to me and the friends and fam­ily who find th­ese re­mote places im­por­tant. Get out there and have a good time.

Amer­i­can Jon Siegrist was fresh off mak­ing the sec­ond as­cent of Spirit of the West 5.14a in Squamish when he teamed up with Caro­line Jung for SUP Howe Sound climb­ing Brette Har­ring­ton and Brad­ford McArthur heard about Boyd’s new Whale’s Vein and headed out to re­peat the split­ter

Sail boat ac­cess climb­ing on Howe Sound Trevor McDon­ald on his new route Nat­u­ral Mys­tic at Narin Falls while Tim Em­mett be­lays Jung links small holds above Howe Sound fol­low­ing Siegrist

Jay and Mike at Sui­cide Bluffs in Pem­ber­ton north of Whistler. The lo­cals have de­vel­oped some five-star clas­sics on the steep crags around this boom­ing small town. An­drew Boyd, who was once one of Canada’s top West Coast clim­bers, on the first as­cent of Whale’s Vein Climb­ing an­other great route above Howe Sound

Au­thor Jimmy Martinello on a first as­cent he called Into the Mys­tic at Nairn Falls

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Gavin Duf­fel Siegrist on a new route put up by Trevor McDon­ald above the Cheaka­mus River

On­tario climber Les­lie Timms climb­ing Into the Mys­tic at Narin Falls Siegrest send­ing the steep Klar­i­fied in Pem­ber­ton Siegrest on the sec­ond as­cent, on­sight­ing, Hos­tile Take Over 5.13c at Sui­cide Bluffs in Pem­ber­ton

McDon­ald climb­ing on Anvil Is­land

Chris Wel­don climb­ing on Boner Some­thing Arete on a warm win­ter day. You can of­ten climb above Howe Sound ev­ery month of the year.

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