Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled the most commonly asked questions to help you plan your climbing trip with Squamish Rock Guides. If you're answer isn't here, please don't hesitate to get in touch! 604 892 7816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Do I need climbing experience?
Short answer: No.
Squamish Rock Guides has a wide variety of guided climbing options and climbing programs that cover everything from Introduction to Rock Climbing to advanced courses in Alpine and Aid Climbing. Each course will have suggested prerequisites listed in the program description as a guideline. They are not strict.
- Where can I stay in Squamish?
There are many accommodation options in Squamish, from rustic camping to luxury Airbnb.
Klahanie Campgroud – Privately owned
• 3.7 on google reviews
• cabins from $99/night, tent sites $35/night, rv accommodation
• coin operated showers
• reservations available
• indoor toilets
Squamish Municipal Campground
• 3.8 on google reviews
• tents and trailers $26.25 per site
• shower at the pool for $5
• first come first serve
Stawamus Chief Provincial Park – BC Parks
• 4.7 on google reviews
• walk in and drive in sites $10/night
• pit toilets
• first come first serve
• water tap
Mamquam River Campground – Non Profit
• 4.1 stars on google reviews
• walk in sites $10/night
• Drive in sites $15/night
• Reservations available – online booking
• no water available
Mtnfun Base Camp – Privately owned
• 4.5 on google reviews
• tent sites from $43/night
• private rooms with private kitchen and bathrooms from $125/night
• free showers, wifi, and charging stations
Squamish Adventure Inn – Privately owned
• 4.5 on google reviews
• dorm rooms from $30/night
• private rooms from $55/night
• hotel style rooms from $85/night
• kitchenette suites from $99/night
• free wifi
Sunwolf – Privately owned
• 4.6 on google reviews
• cabins from $115/night
• pet friendly
• no internet on site
Executive Suites Hotel
• 4.3 on google reviews
• from $159/night
• restaurant on site
- What are the transportation options for getting to, and around, Squamish?
The SkyLynx bus works well with an arrival time at the Squamish Starbucks, our standard meeting location, of 8:10 am (although typically the bus arrives at 8). The bus heads back to Vancouver from Starbucks at 5pm. Please let the guide know if you need to be back for this pick up time.
$40 round trip Vancouver City – Squamish. Check out their website for full schedule, including additional pick up times and locations.
Vancouver City Center – Squamish
7:00 am / 8:10 am
8:40 am / 10:40 am
Squamish – Vancouver City Center
5:00 pm / 6:20 pm
8:00 pm / 9:20 pm
$30 round trip Waterfront Station – Squamish. Check out their website for full schedule, including additional pick up times and locations.
Every weekday June – July – August
Waterfront departure / Squamish Adventure Center arrival
7:50 am / 9:10 am
9:20 am / 11:10 am
2:30 pm / 3:30 pm
5:30 pm / 6:30 pm
Other Vancouver pick up locations and times available on the Squamish Connector Website here.
- Can I lead climb on the climbing program that I book?
Having clients lead climb on multi pitch climbs puts us in a very grey area as far as risk management and our best practices are concerned. It rarely happens on a first climb out with anyone on our guiding team, however, we do let experienced climbers start leading with us after we have become comfortable with your systems and movement skills. The time frame within which this occurs varies, occasionally we can see this happen on a first outing. Colin Moorhead, as SRG’s supervising guide, supports any of our guides decision to not have a client lead, especially on the first day out, as this allows us to maintain safety, which is our overriding professional objective.
That said, a day out with us is not about the guide “rope gunning” you up the mountain as fast as possible, we will take time to work with you and provide coaching and feedback on technical systems, crack technique, multi pitch skills.
As far as rack and other climbing equipment goes, the guide will have the rope, a good rack and anchor material, you only need to bring harness, helmet, shoes , belay device, one extra locking carabiner and a nut tool.
- Can you help me understand the climbing language?
Rock Climbing lingo can be overwhelming for those new to the sport. Here are some tips for navigating the language used on our website:
Grade – this is the technical difficulty of a specific climb, and is based on the Yosemite Decimal System. The grade will start with the number 5, followed by a decimal, and another number ranging from about 4-13 on the SRG website. 5.6 is the easiest climb, and 5.13 is the hardest climb.
- How much should I tip my guide?
If you are inclined to give a tip to your guide who has gone above and beyond, we suggest using other service industries as a guideline, within the range of 10-20% of the booking cost before tax.