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Squamish’s New Junction Park Boulder and Potential Mamquam Zipline

Squamish will be getting a new downtown boulder and there’s talks of a future zipline.

The town of Squamish, in partnership with Climbers Access Society of BC and with sponsorship from The Hive Bouldering Gym, has given the green light to a community boulder at Junction Park.

With over 600 square feet of climbing surface, the concrete boulder will be surrounded with wood chips and will have a variety of routes. Plans are for the urban rock to be installed by late summer.

Andrew Coffey, owner of The Hive, has donated $30,000 to the $40,000 project. “It went easier than expected,” Coffee said, who was excited about the new boulder. In the long run, Coffee said he would consider building a larger outdoor bouldering park, but a location has not been announced. 

In other vertical news, Squamish local and search and rescue member, Robin Sherry, has proposed a new zipline and boardwalk  on 11 hectares of Crown land five kilometres up the Mamquam River, near Squamish.

The attraction would have a number of elevated platforms for ziplining, be emissions free, have composting toilets and solar panels for the minimal hydro that would be required.

“Mamquam Canyon Eco Tour will take the average tourist on a safe exciting ride through waterfalls, canyons and beautiful forest, something only an expert climber or kayaker would be able to experience with a large margin of risk,” Sherry said.

This drawing depicts the climbing boulder that will be placed in downtown Squamish this August. The finished boulder might have different angles and different features.
This drawing depicts the climbing boulder that will be placed in downtown Squamish this August. The finished boulder might have different angles and different features.

 

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