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Description 

This is the area along highway 99 between Squamish and Whistler. It includes such crags as Cheakamus Canyon, Rogues Gallery, Alice Lake and many more. Some are just a few km north of Squamish others up to half an hour drive up the highway.

While it's very close to Squamish and the Chief, the rock is quite different. It's still granite, but it's of a much more smooth and compact nature. It rarely lends itself to trad climbing, but makes for excellent sport climbing. This area is home to many hundreds of sport climbs of all grades, right up to 5.14c.

The climbing tends to be vertical or overhanging and there's enough variety to find huge roof routes, vertical crimp-fests, endurance marathons as well as bouldery power routes. While the climbing tends toward 5.11 and higher, there are some excellent, properly bolted 5.9 and 5.10 routes as well.

One of this area's notable features, in addition to excellent climbing, is the possibility to climb in the rain on quite a number of routes.


Getting There 

Starting from Squamish, head north on highway 99. Various side roads, forest service roads and pullouts will take you to each of the areas.


Camping 

Basing yourself in Squamish probably makes the most sense if you intend to climb in this area for multiple days since it's the closest place for food and non-climbing diversions. Alice Lake Provincial Park has camping and will put you closer to some of the climbing (see www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/alicelk.html).

I'm not aware of any camping from which you could walk to the main areas. Let me know if there is and I'll update this information.


Climbing Season


132 Total Routes


['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',50],['2 Stars',54],['1 Star',19],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',7],['5.8',13],['5.9',27],['5.10',45],['5.11',21],['5.12',9],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sea to Sky Corridor:
Star Chek   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 3 pitches, 400'   The Gorge : Galaxy Buttress
Master of My Domain   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 160'   Chek : The Crest
Charlotte's Web   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 130'   Chek : Conroy's Castle
Rocky Horror   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Area 44 : Upper Gully
Kigijiushi   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 82'   Chek : The Main Event
Creepy Crawlers   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Chek : Forgotten Wall
The Mutation   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 45'   Chek : Toxic Lichen
Rug Munchers   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Chek : Forgotten Wall
Yellow Beard   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   Rogues Gallery : Grand Larceny
The Incredible Journey   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 85'   Chek : Forgotten Wall
From Beneath You It Devours    5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Chek : Forgotten Wall
The Fleeing Heifer   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport   Chek : The Circus
The Boiler Room   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Chek : Forgotten Wall
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Annie Simard seconding the middle pitch of Star Chek above the raging Cheakamus River at high flow.

Star Chek 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  North America : Canada : ... : Galaxy Buttress
There are three to four pitches depending on how you split the route up. Generally done as a short pitch, long pitch and short pitch.P1: 20m 5.7, 3 bolts. Start left of the toe of the arete, at a ledge above the high-water mark. Climb up and right to the crest of the arete and a belay ledge.P2: 40m, 5.6, 8 bolts. Climb on and just left of the crest of the low-angle arete, past an intermediate station used mostly for single rope rappels with short ropes, to gain a big ledge with a number of chain...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Joanne at the top of Whistler in the spring.  The Black Tusk is visible in the background.
Joanne at the top of Whistler in the spring. The ...
Following second pitch of "Star Chek"
Following second pitch of "Star Chek"
Looking down Cowboy Ridge in the Whistler Backcountry.  If you look really closely, near the center of the shot, you can see some people skining up.
Looking down Cowboy Ridge in the Whistler Backcoun...
Backcountry skiing in Whistler.  I think this is Cowboy Ridge we're ascending. The runs on Blackcomb are visible on the right in the background.  To get here we got a backcountry pass (one ride up) for Whistler and then headed east over the Musical Bumps.  Some of the Musical Bumps are now lift serviced rather than backcountry (as of 2006 or 2007), but Cowboy Ridge isn't, and it was great skiing.
Backcountry skiing in Whistler. I think this is C...
The Black Tusk from Whistler peak in the spring.  In the winter there is good backcountry skiing around the Tusk, but access via snowmobile is recommended due to the very long low-angle approach.  In the summer, the hiking and camping around the Tusk is great, especially Taylor Meadows on the east side.  Summiting the Tusk requires a bit of fourth class scrambling on crappy volcanic rock.
The Black Tusk from Whistler peak in the spring. ...
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