In 1965, four university students, Glenn Woodsworth, Hamish Mutch, Tim Auger and Dan Tate, began cutting classes so that they could attempt a new route up the Squamish Chief.
Each day, they would push the route higher and at the end of each adventure they would return to their books. In a time of youthful rebellion and enthusiasm they also began to climb the walls of the university.
Auger went on to become a legendary rock climber and mountaineer, he passed away earlier this year. Read more about Auger here.
Tim Auger was a Canadian climbing bad ass who made the first ascents of University Wall in Squamish, Homage to the Spider on Mount Louis, Ultra Brewers on Castle Mountain, Bourgeau Left and Right ice climbs and many more. He helped perfect search and rescue techniques as a rescue technician in Banff National Park. Tim passed away at 72 this week. Here’s Tim on the first winter ascent of Keeler Needle and after the first ascent of University Wall in Squamish. #legend #alpine #canada #climbing
This film about the University Wall is a magical musical ride through the archives and an entertaining look at the historical exploits that inspired the young lads to take their academic studies to new heights.
The film has never-before-seen footage and interviews with the first ascent team.
This short documentary is one of the best on the internet that captures an important moment in Canadian climbing history.