On August 28th, our last climbing day in Squamish, we were chatting with a fellow climber out at Chek and mentioned that we were sad to be leaving Squamish. He responded in disbelief, exclaiming that we are headed for much better destinations, especially as the rains set in for fall and winter. We don’t disagree… but our sadness in leaving Squamish has nothing to do with the exciting places we are going to, it is simply a result of departing from a place we love.
Squamish is our special place. Kim’s first trip to Squamish was back in 2007, Graham’s in 2009. We started annual trips from the island to Squamish in 2010, and we have spent every summer here from 2012 onward. Squamish has everything – technically demanding granite boulders, abundant single and multi-pitch traditional climbing, and lots of really fun sport climbing. We have also both experienced many of our climbing milestones in this place. To name a few for each of us…
Graham: First of every bouldering grade up to V10. First V7, V8, V9 flash. First 12a gear. First 13a gear.
Kim: First of every bouldering grade up to V5, and first V5 flash. First V7. First 12a sport. First 13a sport.
In addition to the physical climbing, we have experienced more moments and have a larger collection of memories in this place than any other climbing area we’ve been. This summer was no exception – what a wonderful summer to have spent with friends.
We spent a ton of time with a few people who are very dear to us. Here are just a few of them…
We were so excited to spend a week of family time in early August as Kevin and Melissa both came up to visit. This was Kevin’s first trip to Squamish, and we’re pretty confident he’s hooked! It was wonderful to spend so much time together and see him push his limits over the course of his stay.
|Kevin cruising one of the bouldering circuits we took him on|
Chris, Ruth, Jared and Roscoe came out the week after that with their buddy Zac, who we were thrilled to finally meet. We were SO excited to be reunited with this crew as we’ve missed them so much since we parted ways in late March. They’re just in the process of launching their new company, Kin Climbing, and have started with some rad t-shirts that we are very excited to sport. We can’t wait to see them again next month!