Rock Climbing in Squamish
Concierge.com'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 climbersthose who've lived in a VW van for the last decade while eating celery and smoking cigarettes to keep optimally skeletalgravitate 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; www.squamishrockguides.com).