climbers love to travel, and the staff at Squamish Rock
Guides are no different. We have been to the four corners
of the globe and back in search of great climbing. Our
Trips program is designed to provide some excellent climbing
alternatives to Squamish and to spark your imagination
about what lies beyond our local cliffs.
following three locations are all reasonable alternatives
to Squamish in the case of poor weather. It is possible
for Squamish Rock Guides to provide guiding services and
instructional courses at these various areas. For all
the Trip programs, please contact us to discuss options,
get a quote, or to set up a private course.
- Penticton, BC
Okanagan town of Penticton is home to, arguably, the second
best rock climbing destination in British Columbia - Skaha.
The bluffs are perched high above a lake in grassy, wide-open
meadows and it's not uncommon to spot sheep, coyotes and
deer while wandering the labyrinth of well-groomed trails.
climbing is mostly single-pitch on excellent well-featured
are hundreds of enjoyable sport climbs at all levels and
there is a wide assortment of enticing cracks, for those
that prefer trad. The best season is usually spring and
fall as the area gets very hot mid-summer. Often, when
it is raining in Squamish, the sun will be shining on
Skaha making it an excellent rain alternative
if poor weather is spoiling plans on the Coast. Driving
time from Vancouver is approximately 5 hours.
Almost directly south of Skaha, in the interior of Washington,
is a series of deep canyons filled with granite domes
and walls. The climbing is centered around the town of
Leavenworth, providing excellent camping and accommodation
in close proximity to the rocks. Like Skaha, the climate
is very warm and dry, making this a great rain
alternative to Squamish in wet weather.
is a good variety of single-pitch cragging and multi-pitch
adventures in Leavenworth. The granite tends to be smooth,
lending itself to either friction slabs or definitive
crack lines. Not to be missed is one of the best multi-pitch
climbs in Washington, Outer Space, a
five pitch adventure of stellar crack and face climbing
up the Snow Creek Wall. This single route is reason enough
to make the trip to Leavenworth, despite the weather in
Squamish. Driving time from Vancouver is approximately
Rock - Oregon
In sunny central Oregon is the world-famous climbing area
of Smith Rock. The cliffs are spread along the Crooked
River and are comprised of a number of volcanic towers
and walls providing some magnificent face climbing. The
rock is heavily featured with edges, pockets and knobs
scattered across the orange faces.
single-pitch face climbs are most common, some exposed
multi-pitch and crack routes are also available. The town
of Bend is only half an hour away providing great accommodation
and countless opportunities for rest days. Smith Rock
is a great rain alternative when the
weather is wet around Squamish. Driving time is approximately
10 hours from Vancouver.
The following is a partial list of some "exotic"
locations that we can provide guiding for. Each of these
destinations is an area in which we've got climbing experience
and this allows us to maximize time spent climbing there.
If you're interested in traveling to one of these areas,
please contact us to inquire about guiding services and
River Gorge, Kentucky