What can I say about Squamish, BC, other than it’s an incredibly special place for me. It represents freedom, wildness, and pure adventure that brings on certain emotions that I find hard to articulate. It’s proximity to outdoor activities make it a haven for multiple disciplines of adventures sports, and draws people from all over the world.
It seems every time I visit Squamish, the activities I choose to do are completely different. Once I spent my time on multi pitch climbs, another time trad climbing, and last year I bouldered for the majority of my stay. This year I spent a lot more time in the mountains. I took up scrambling, and was rewarded with solitude in an otherwise popular adventure destination.
I got to spend some time in the Tantalus Range climbing Mt. Ossa. From the first time I laid my eyes on this range of mountains, I fell instantly in love. Hell they were even one of my first watercolour paintings! Their glaciated peaks drew me in, but their almost mystical aura brought hesitation to my mind with the idea that this wild landscape was only accessible for the truly hard and well experienced mountaineers. This thought process changed when the extremely ambition and adventurist, Miss Kirsten sparked the idea that we can do it. A little research goes a long way, and the next thing I knew plans were set, and getting there was a huge priority for both of us.
By the end of this trip we packed a lot of activities into our short 2 weeks here. We sport climbed, we bouldered, we went up in to the alpine on multiple occasions, and visited one of my favourite lakes (Garibaldi Lake) once again. It was fantastic, and the list of things to do when I return has continued to grow. More peaks to bag, more climbs to do, and even more sports to take up. Luckily the next time I head to Squamish I’ll be making the move permanently!