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Hiking the Stawamus Chief, Squamish (Picture BC photo)

Hiking the Stawamus Chief, Squamish

(Picture BC photo)

Squamish

Climbing & Caving

Rock climbing (Don Weixl photo)

Rock climbing (Don Weixl photo)

The Stawamus has made Squamish became known worldwide as a genuine rock climbing and mountaineering mecca.

Nowadays, some 1,500 routes are available for climbing, with peak use between April and October.

Climbing the Stawamus Chief

The Stawamus Chief is the second-largest granite monolith in North America, and its awe-inspiring 700m/2,300ft bulk looms over downtown Squamish, making it a magnet for climbers. Routes range from easy scrambles to daunting 5.14 climbs.

Besides various climbs on the Grand Wall itself, some popular routes on "The Chief" include Ultimate Everything, Rock On, and Angel's Crest. Enjoy some 180 single-pitch and multi-pitch routes, with a variety of slab, face and crack pitches.

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