Description

Canada's westernmost province is very fortunate to have some of the mildest climates in the country combined with some of the best rock and mountains around. Marquee areas like Squamish, Skaha and the Bugaboos are only the tip of the iceberg.

Getting There

Vancouver is easily accessed by air from anywhere and is about three or four hours drive from Seattle. Vancouver puts you within two hours drive of vast amounts of climbing, centered on but not limited to Squamish.

Penticton, in the interior, is about a five hour drive from Vancouver and can be accessed by air either directly or by flying to nearby Kelowna. Skaha is main destination here, but there are other quality locations in the area.

The coastal range is accessed, with difficulty from Vancouver, or by boat or plane.

Vancouver Island, which is home to some good climbing, fine mountaineering, and great trails (like the West Coast Trail) can be reached by ferry from Vancouver, or by flying to the Victoria International Airport.

The more recently developed areas on the Sunshine Coast such as the Eldred Valley are accessed by ferry from Vancouver. There appears to be a lot of potential in this area for huge first ascents.

For the Rockies, which are closer to the border with Alberta, access for out-of-towners is often via Calgary, although the drive can be done from from Vancouver in seven to ten hours depending on your destination.

4,966 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: British Columbia Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at British Columbia

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 211
West Ridge
Trad, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 377
Klahanie Crack
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 180
North East Ridge
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 426
Diedre
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 384
Skywalker
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 369
Penny Lane
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 260
Rock On
Trad 5 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 140
McTech Arete
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 278
Angel's Crest
Trad 13 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 137
Beckey-Chouinard
Trad, Alpine 15 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 386
Exasperator
Trad 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 98
Sunset Strip
Trad 12 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 93
The Great Game
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0
 269
The Grand Wall
Trad, Aid 9 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 196
Crime of the Century
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
West Ridge Columbia Mountains > … > Bugaboos > Pigeon Spire
 211
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, Alpine
Klahanie Crack Squamish > Shannon Falls > Shannon Falls Wall
 377
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
North East Ridge Columbia Mountains > … > Bugaboos > Bugaboo Spire
 180
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Diedre Squamish > Chief > Apron
 426
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Skywalker Squamish > Shannon Falls > Shannon Falls Wall
 384
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Penny Lane Squamish > Smoke Bluffs > Penny Lane
 369
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Rock On Squamish > Chief > Apron
 260
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
McTech Arete Columbia Mountains > … > Bugaboos > Crescent Spire
 140
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Angel's Crest Squamish > Chief > Sheriff's Badge
 278
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 13 pitches
Beckey-Chouinard Columbia Mountains > … > Howser Towers > S Howser Tower
 137
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 15 pitches
Exasperator Squamish > Chief > Grand Wall Base Area
 386
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Sunset Strip Squamish > Chief > Dihedrals
 98
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 12 pitches
The Great Game Squamish > Slhanay (The Squaw)
 93
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 4 pitches
The Grand Wall Squamish > Chief > Grand Wall Area
 269
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0 Trad, Aid 9 pitches
Crime of the Century Squamish > Smoke Bluffs > Penny Lane
 196
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
More Classic Climbs in British Columbia »

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Climbers' Access Society of B.C. www.access-society.ca Feb 18, 2010
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO


The Blarney Stone is only eight kilometer outside British Columbia. I added it to create more artistic balance for the map. Not much else up in northern BC to interest rock climbers.

Also, the American Alpine Journal reported a different name in 2013. Neither the 2013 party nor the locals in Haines have actually climbed it. However, the name Blarney Stone has used by Alaskan climbers for about three decades. Yes, I am both correcting the AAJ (sorry) and giving away highly classified information to my fellow dreamers (unclimbed wall on an unclimbed mountain). Sep 23, 2011
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
Not to contradict Peter Spindloe (who, as you may note, lives NORTH of Vancouver) regarding flying into Vancouver and exploring British Columbia from there, but save yourself a lot headache and bother by avoiding Vancouver, BC altogether. Fly into Bellingham, WA, fill up your gas tank at Costco, and take Hwy. 1 east around Vancover. Vancouver is congested, there are "red light" cameras everywhere, and the citizens are rude (sorry, not all, just too many). We loved BC and everyone outside of Vancouver was helpful and friendly. Join the Access Society of BC and the Squamish Access Society. These great organizations help to keep our crags open to climbers! Jul 23, 2013