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Rock Climbing in Squamish

Squamish , British Columbia
Canada's insider take:

The Coast Mountains surrounding Squamish Valley contain more than 1,000 mapped routes, many single-pitch walk-ups suitable for beginners. Hard-core climbers—those who've lived in a VW van for the last decade while eating celery and smoking cigarettes to keep optimally skeletal—gravitate to Squamish's legendary big wall ascents. Their holy grail: Stawamus Chief, whose 2,140-foot face makes it not only taller than the Rock of Gibraltar but also the second-largest granite monolith in the world, behind Yosemite's El Capitan. Squamish Rock Guides can provide instruction and guided excursions (604-815-1750;

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