Rock On!: Our First Outdoor Rockclimbing Experience in Squamish

By: John Wong, Advisor of Integrated Outdoors Program 

Vince Poulin and I led 7 rovers to the Smoke Bluffs in the early hours of July 18, a Friday which would be less crowded than the weekend.  There would have been a few more people had it not conflicted with the camping crew up at Garibaldi Lake the same time.  A couple of other also couldn’t come because of work.


From Left to Right: John Wong, Vince Poulin, Jeremy Tam, Lawrence Panzo, Charlie Dihn, Charles Mak, Sandra Lee, Cheryl Kwan, Adrienne Lee

With my Squamish Select Book, we selected “Hamburger & Fries” as our venue for the day.  It is the most popular climbing wall in Canada and is perfect for beginners.  Vince did the lead climb to secure the first rope and then with a few of us went around the back to secure the second one using the top rope method which is the easiest and safest method for both traditional and sports climbing.  It was a beautiful sunny day with more than a breeze to keep us cool.  From the top ledge, we could see the whole of Squamish, Howe Sound, and the mountains beyond.  What a pretty sight!  On the weekend, we would see tons of kite surfing on the water.

Back to the bottom, each one of us:  John, Vince, Jeremy, Lawrence, Charlie, Charles, Sandra, Cheryl, and Adrienne took turns going up both the blue rope (Route 7 Dusty Eyes @ 5.4 YDS rating and the orange rope Wise Crack @ 5.7 YDS rating.  Both are considered beginner’s routes which are the best way to begin to build confidence level for the climbers.


As it turned out, all succeeded what he/she started without any complications nor injuries.  Once the system is properly set up and everyone knows what to do, it is a very safe sport.  This is what Vince and I tried to impart to the beginners.  It was a good accomplishment for each and every one of them.   I was extremely pleased with the 100% success of the group being our first attempt at IOP outdoor rock climbing.  Everyone had fun and it is something they will remember for a long time.  The equipment performed flawlessly.


While the rovers went back to return the rented shoes and headed back to Vancouver, Vince and I pay a visit to the Howe Sound Brewery Restaurant for a tall cool one.  It was nice sitting on the outdoor patio surrounded by the climbing community and the Chief looking down on us.

No doubt we will return soon on another day in paradise.

Thanks to Vince for coming out to be part of this inaugural climb.

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4 Responses to “Rock On!: Our First Outdoor Rockclimbing Experience in Squamish

  • There will be an outdoor rock wall for Top Rope climbing at Camp Barnard for PJ2015! Join us for some fun climbs!

    • Mostafa Nejati
      4 years ago

      Wow this is Awesome Mike! Thanks for sharing.

  • Mostafa Nejati
    4 years ago

    Well done John, Vince, Jeremy, Lawrence, Charlie, Charles, Sandra, Cheryl, and Adrienne! Thanks for sharing the story of your accomplishment of this outdoor scouting activity.

  • Robert Greer
    4 years ago

    Well done 180th. Great photos, and a grand adventure. I used to instruct climbing courses in the same location, we would have pizza from Squamish delivered to us while we were standing at the top of burger and fries monitoring the participants. It is a fantastic location to learn how to climb. What’s next?
    Robert Greer
    Director of Programs-Outdoors and International Support
    Scouts Canada – National Office

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