DATE: AUGUST 18TH - 20TH, 2018

LOCATION: SQUAMISH, BC

AUTHOR: ROBIN SMITH

STAGE: SUMMER CLIMBING TRIPS

CLIMBING TYPE: TRAD CLIMBING / SPORT CLIMBING / BOULDERING

Robin Smith belaying for another climbing in Squamish during our sport climbing day!

Robin Smith belaying for another climbing in Squamish during our sport climbing day!

NSM’s trip to Squamish was filled with firsts! Ten awesome belaydies and our fearless leader, Megan, collectively achieved first sport leads and rappels, first trad leads, first fall on trad gear, first 5.8 trad lead, first multi-pitch, first crack climb, and first cam permanently stuck in a crack!  

Some of us spent the first day sport climbing at Cheakamus while others went off to boulder. Those who did sport climbed Small is Beautiful (5.8), Kingfishers Catch Fire (5.8), and Instant Classic (5.10), and Festivus (5.10a). Later, several women also climbed Master of My Domain (Pitch 1: 5.7, Pitch 2: 5.9).

In the evening, covered in dust and dirt, we went out for some well-deserved pizza and beer (and took paper towel baths in the brewery’s bathroom sink…).

The next day we went all out for some beginning trad at Murrin Park. We had fun practicing placements, setting anchors, learning to clean trad gear. Several women led their first trad routes, and one led her first 5.8 trad. Together we climbed The Mechanic (5.7), Flat Battery (5.4), Magnet (5.4), Jump Start (5.6), Little Spark (5.4), Holiday in Cambodia (5.8), and Howe Boy Meets Girl (5.9).

It was quite smokey our final day, but we still tried our hand (literally) crack climbing at Smoke Bluffs -- Fairy Ring (5.6) and Turkey Dinner (5.7).  The smoke became a bit too much, and so bruised, bloody, sore, and coughing, we celebrated the end of an amazing trip with iced coffee in the luxury of an air-conditioned Starbucks. It was perfect.

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