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Rock Climbing in British Columbia

Tour groups usually include the climbing gear, lessons, transportation and an experienced guide. Guides will teach climbers the basics including climbing moves, rope maneuvers and toe and foot holds.

Mountain Climbers

British Columbia Rock Climbing / Mountaineering

British Columbia, Canada rock climbing is an adventure located throughout the entire province and in almost every community located near a mountain. There are endless mountain ranges and mountain peaks to scale, many are well documented with distinguished rock climbing routes.

Top Climbing Regions

Some of the British Columbia climbing regions which attract the most climbers and provide a good selection of climbing routes include the Cascade Mountains, Kootenays, Okanagan, the Bugaboos, Thompson-Shuswap, Vancouver Island, Whistler, Lillooet, Terrace and Squamish regions.

The mountain community of Squamish is one of the more publicized and read about climbing villages in Canada. There are numerous guiding companies and climbing adventure destinations in the region including the Smoke Bluffs and the Stawamus Chief.

Mountaineering Options

Mountaineering (a.k.a. rock climbing) is enjoyed in many forms. There are climbers who enjoy alpine climbing, trad climbing, ice climbing and bouldering, If there is no time to travel to a local climbing route there are communities operating indoor climbing gyms.

Rock Climbing Tours

British Columbia rock climbing is often enjoyed in pairs and in groups. Experienced climbers prefer to climb in pairs and are usually part of a local club or association. For the beginner, there are mountaineering tours operating in some of the more popular mountaineering destinations.

Tour groups provide the expertise to scale a rock wall and to descend a cliff face. Tour groups usually include the climbing gear, lessons, transportation and an experienced guide. Guides will teach climbers the basics including climbing moves, rope maneuvers and toe and foot holds.

On many occasions rock climbing guides like to share some of the common lingo heard while describing climbing moves and climbing routes. Climbing moves include words like campus (climbing with arms only) and barn door (swing body outward away from the rock).

Some of the lingo used for describing rock climbing routes include chimney (crack to slide body through) , crux (hardest move on a climbing route) , jugs (deep hand and foot holds) and nubbins (small foot holds not big enough for hand holds).

When booking with a mountaineering tour group ask questions if not sure. Prices do vary and so do climbing adventures.

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