A famous song once stated “Climb every mountain….” and it was right. When
visiting Whistler in the summer months, that’s exactly what you should do.
There are so many different ways to climb in Whistler and so many rock faces
to tackle, you’ll need a lifetime of holidays to do them all! After
experiencing the exhilaration of reaching the top of a rock wall using your
own two hands and feet, that’s exactly what you’ll want to spend your summer
Sometimes chairlifts feel like cheating, so when you head out in
Whistler, Pemberton, or Squamish for a climb, let’s face it, you’re
experiencing the mountains firsthand.
For a sneak peek of what climbing is like if you’ve never done it before,
a great place to start is at the indoor climbing gym in Whistler Village.
You can practice on the bouldering wall without ropes, or pop into a harness
and climb with a belaying partner up the numerous indoor pitches. You’ll see
what it’s like to climb up overhangs from the safety of an indoor gym.
Once you have a handle on things, it’s time to get outdoors and start
climbing the real thing. Squamish boasts the Stawamus Chief, an imposing
rock face that looms over the beautiful Squamish landscape at heights of up
to 500m. The face has over 1500 climbing routes from beginner to advanced.
Once again I stress that you need a lifetime of holidays to experience the
amazing climbing around Whistler. There are all sorts of lead-climbing
options, and many top-roping spots too.
Between Squamish and Pemberton, there are a multitude of climbs and
there’s even a crag in Whistler’s Nordic neighbourhood that’s worth checking
out. The rest of the climbing spots can be found along the Sea-to-Sky
corridor from Vancouver to Pemberton and beyond. All of these spots are an
easy drive from Whistler and the Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau provides
guided tours for all levels of climbers.
In Pemberton you’ll be climbing with views of Mount Currie (you can’t
miss it when you’re in the Pemberton Valley,) as mountain bikers whiz down
the slopes nearby. You should probably stop at the local bakery for a
croissant and coffee after you’ve climbed some of Pemberton’s challenging
Breaking away from what one might consider more traditional climbing
options, visitors can sign up for a climb technique called Via Ferrata. With
some guides, the equipment they provide, and a handy route up Whistler Peak,
you’ll be climbing up to the Peak with little to no experience but boatloads
of fun. Don’t forget a camera though, because the view from Whistler Peak is
unforgettable. Via Ferrata means “iron way,” so don’t forget to bring your
iron lungs for the incredible climb.
So, as the song says, “climb every mountain,” but in Whistler you won’t
have to search high and low for where to go, because here at
www.ResortAc.com, we’ve got you covered.