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Squamish Gets New Women’s Only Climbing Fest

The Treeline Women’s Only Climbing Festival will run from Sept. 9 to 10 in Squamish at a number of crags and locations.

Treeline Women’s Only Community (WOC) is “a community for women who love the outdoors, seek adventure and believe that being active is the key to a healthy mind and spirit.”

Treeline WOC’s mission is to motivate and support women in the outdoors through community while giving them the skills they need to be confident and achieve their outdoor pursuits.

As a community they will provide resources for women to help them grow their skills and participation in the outdoors as well as promoting healthy lifestyle (mental & physical) but also to elevate and promote other women’s businesses in the Sea to Sky Corridor and beyond.

This year, Treeline WOC is hosting its first ever Women’s Climbing Festival in Squamish. The festival is aimed at bring women together to celebrate the sport of climbing in one of Canada’s premier climbing destinations.

This event offers a variety of clinics run by experienced and knowledgeable female rock guides. From clinics aimed at getting first time climbers out on the rocks and geared with the essential skills to climb outside safely, to more advanced climbing clinics geared at developing crack technique, rock rescue, and facing your fear of falling, this weekend truly has something for everyone.

Based out of the Klahanie Campground across from Shannon Falls, the festival is also offering yoga sessions, climbing conditioning seminars and the opportunity to join the Squamish Access Society for a day of trail building.

Event registration includes two lunches and a family style dinner from Amo La Vita Food Truck with inspirational evening speakers, beer, goodie bags, giveaways, raffle and silent auction, event branded tank top, free rentals from Climb On, gear demos and more. Camping registration includes all of the above plus two nights of camping.

Opportunities to meet up with fellow female climbers are abundant, with a community meet up area at the campground. Make plans to go bouldering, single pitch or multipitch climbing for the day with friends new and old.

For more on the event visit here.

One of our amazing guides for the Treeline Women's Climbing Festival. – Hannah Preston is an ACMG Rock Guide, she started guiding because she is very passionate about teaching people the technical side of climbing as well as the emotional achievements that come with challenging yourself and connecting with nature. Hannah has been climbing since she was a kid with her teddy bear clipped to her harness, and since then she has dedicated years to travelling, rock climbing, mountaineering, and improving her technical skills. She has climbed El Capitan in Yosemite Valley 4 times, sent 5.12 in 5 different countries, and loves combining the techniques from rock types around the world. She is also an Industrial Rope Access Technician and enjoys geeking out on the physics of rope systems. – #treelinewoc #climbing #girlswhoclimb #climbingfestival #squamish #acmg #rockguide

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We are so excited to have Julia Niles as one of our guides for the climbing festival. Here is a little bit about her to get you stoked! – I am based in Squamish, BC and have been guiding for 17 years. I am proud to be one of the few internationally certified female mountain guides. My style is to empower my guests to reach new heights using technical skill, self confidence, and great preparation. I believe that mountains help us to heal, grow, and push through our limitations. The mountains have been my vehicle for growth and self discovery. I have guided expeditions on Denali, Aconcagua, and numerous places between. I have done first ascents in South Africa, Wyoming, and Canada. I have climbed El Capitan six times and became the first female to solo the Grand Traverse alone in a day less than six months after losing half of my left lung. I was part of the first all female ski descent of the Grand Teton and have done first descents of couloirs in the Rockies and the Waddington Range. I climb because I need to find courage by facing the moments in the mountains that are insecure or unknown. I seek to find what happens when we push through fear, pain, or self-limiting thoughts and risk being great. http://juliakniles.com http://julianiles.ca • #treelinewoc #climbing #climbingfestival #squamish #seatoskycorridor #community #girlswhoclimb

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Want to learn some technique from this local guide. Register for a clinic at the Treeline Women's Climbing festival and enjoy an amazing day out on the Squamish rock with Kinley Aitken. – Kinley began climbing in Squamish 15 years ago and has been proud to call the Sea to Sky home ever since. A full career of climbing adventures has taken her to such exotic sun-soaked rock destinations as Madagascar, Australia, and Mexico, as well as some of the highest and wildest peaks in North America, from the Southern US and the Waddington Range to Mt. Whitney. Ten years of guiding under her belt, Kinley still loves the engaging work of an ACMG Guide. Whether leading multi-pitch routes up the Chief or teaching high-level instructional courses to aspirant guides, she stays excited about her profession thanks to the variety of technical challenges and the personal connections she makes with a diversity of people. When she’s not guiding, Kinley maintains that the perfect summer’s day in Squamish would be spent leisurely drinking coffees, cruising up perfect splitter cracks above the ocean, and spending the evening gardening with her two-year-old daughter in tow. – web: www.kinleyaitken.com • #treelinewoc #climbing #climbingfestival #ican #guiding #girlswhoclimb #community #seatoskycorridor #squamish

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Our fourth amazing guide for the climbing festival. Jennifer Olson will be teaching a How To Fall clinic that you won't want to miss. – Registration opens Tomorrow, June 1st at 9:00 AM!!! Clinics are limited. Details will be released tonight. – Never one to say no to adventure climbing or red wine, Jen's enthusiasm for sharing her love of climbing and mental strategies is contagious. Jen has traveled far and wide to climb remote alpine granite from Pakistan to Alaska and Patagonia. She is an ACMG/IFMGA mountain guida and athlete who has participated in world cup ice climbing competitions, as well as representing the sport of ice climbing at the sochi Olympics in 2014. She loves her time climbing with her boyfriend Tim McAllister and skiing with her pup, Snowpatch. . PC – Crista Lee Photography . #treelinewoc #seatoskycorridor #climbingfestival #squamish #community #girlswhoclimb #womenscommunity #guiding

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