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West Coast

The Howe Sound Crest Trail

The Howe Sound Crest Trail is a 29-kilometre route with 2,000 metres of elevation gain starting at Cypress Mountain. It passes through the Lions and over multiple summits before ending at Porteau Cove. It offers spectacular views of Howe Sound, the surrounding mountains and
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Video: Cheakamus

We are lucky in Canada to have so many great places to climb. One of the best sport crags on the West Coast is Cheakamus. With routes for climbers at all levels, it’s been one of the go-to crags for years. The first recorded climbs in the Cheakamus Canyon were in the 60s.
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Vid: Nico Favresse and Seán Villanueva in North America

Nico Favresse and Seán Villanueva spent four months in fall 2008 traveling western North America (the pair are from Belgium) with their climbing gear, a mandolin, a tin whistle and a penchant for hitchhiking. From Squamish to the Bugaboos to Yosemite to Indian Creek they did bold
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Film: Belayer to the Stars

Andy Arts lives in Canmore. Few may recognize his name, but he has been an instrumental part of many important sends.  Watch this 15-minute film, which includes cameos from Will Gadd, Barry Blanchard, Sonnie Trotter, Sharon Wood, Kevin Doyle and many more, as Arts takes us on the
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Miles Adamson’s Project

Here is Miles Adamson’s latest project in Squamish. It is a seated start to Jeremy Smith’s trad route Year of the Snake 5.13b on the Cacodemon. “It adds about 10 moves at V13 to get to the starting crimp of his route, which I nearly linked last session.
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New wall at Area 44

Jack Fieldhouse and friends have established a new short, burly crag at the West Coast’s Area 44. The Distillery is located just off the trail to the Pillary crag at Area 44.  The routes are at a variety of grades up to 5.11+. The routes are short, but burly. As Fieldhouse
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West Coast’s new Vangaurdia

The West Coast season of new-routing has picked up again after a dry spell during the heat wave. Brette Harrington climbed a new 5.12+ just south of Squamish. The route is on the Fferys Wheel crag near Gonzales Creek. It’s a mix of bolts and thin gear
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Christy Falls: all season fun

Christy Falls in winter, spring and summer. The wall has a world-class ice climb in winter and 5.14 routes in summer. By Adam Tutte The ice climb Christy Falls was found seven years ago in Kelowna B.C. I was new to ice at that point and the rock really drew me in. I live to bolt
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Finlayson completes the Big Show

West Coast’s Jamie Finlayson has climbed every route on Chek Canyon’s the Big Show. It took Finlayson four years, “A lot of blood, sweat, and effort to tick the entire Big Show wall in the Chek Canyon,” said Finlayson. “Freewill 5.13c, Divison Bell
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A day of Squamish bouldering

Andrew Ashley spent a day bouldering in Squamish in July. He climbed some rad problems, check it out…  
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