Best of BC
British Columbia has some world class climbing! We focus on the climbing meccas of Skaha Bluffs and Squamish. These locations offer drastically different settings, from climbing on gneiss in the desert landscape of Penticton, to impeccable granite in the coastal setting of Squamish. This trip offers quality sport and bouldering opportunities, and is not to be missed if you’re a trad climber!
Best Travel Arrangements are to fly into Kelowna and out of Vancouver.
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Best of BC explores the two of the most popular climbing destinations in the province! These two incredible areas offer a great contrast – desert climbing on Gneiss in the interior town of Penticton, combined with costal climbing on Granite in the lush setting of Squamish.
First stop: Skaha Bluffs, Penticton. This place is a climbers playground. With 1000 different routes to choose from, combining sport, trad, and mixed climbing, this place has something for everyone. All sorts of styles from super technical, balancy climbing, to ultra-pumpy overhanging routes, the choice is yours! Despite being classified as a desert, Penticton is flanked by two large, beautiful lakes, Skaha and Okanagan. These lakes and beach fronts offer some great rest day options.
Next stop: Squamish. What makes it so good? The pure expansiveness of bomber granite! There is quality climbing everywhere you look and the short approaches mean you don’t even have to work for it. Squamish is renowned for it’s amazing crack climbing and the impeccable rock quality really promotes confidence in your protection. The main attraction is The Chief, a 700m granite monolith! All this awesome climbing is surrounded by a stunning coastal landscape filled with lush, green vegetation.
Not into trad climbing? Squamish is also host to high quality sport climbing if you want to clip bolts. If you’re a boulderer than this is your chance to bust out the crash pad! There is a magical bouldering forest at the base of The Chief that you can get lost in for days!
We got you covered on this trip. The trip starts in Penticton (Kelowna is the closest airport) and we take care of all local transportation from there. We’ll be camping mostly with a few nights in hostels. We provide a comfortable sleeping set up on twin size inflatable mattresses in large shared tents. Don’t worry about cooking, our staff will be preparing hearty and delicious meals for breakfast and dinner so you’ll have plenty of energy for big climbing days. At night you get to kick back around the fire and get to know your climbing partners from all over the world!
Can’t climb for 6 days straight? Who can!?! There’s so much beauty in these places, we’ll make sure you’re entertained on rest days.
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It’s time to get all fired up for The Best of BC! You worry about sending, we’ll take care of the rest!
Pre Trip – Day 1
All guests will convene at an arranged meeting spot and we’ll make our way to the campground.
Skaha Bluffs – Day 2,3,4
Explore the dozens of walls at Skaha Bluffs. Climb classic after classic on outstanding gneiss. Camping in the rolling hill of the desert.
Travel and Squamish – Day 5
We’ll hit the road early to travel to Squamish and then climb at one of the many crags in Squamish.
Squamish – Day 6,7
Explore Squamish and all it has to offer. You decide whether you clip bolts, place gear or boulder. Or maybe you want to venture up one of the excellent multipitches on The Chief.
End of Trip – Day 8
Travel arrangements to be made from Squamish. The nearest airport is in Vancouver, 1 hour away.
We provide the majority of required gear to save you the burden of travelling with a load of luggage. We will provide: Climbing Gear
- Traditional gear – camalots, nuts
- Anchor kits
- Crash pads
- Guide Books
- Sleeping Bags
- Inflatable mattresses
- Camp chairs
- All dining utensils
You will be required to bring:
- Climbing Harness
- Preferred belay device
- Shoes: multiple climbing shoes if you like to mix it up, tough hiking shoes, comfortable footwear for at the camp or down days
- Water Bottle
With the diversity in environments you’ll be required to bring a wide range of clothing for all weather conditions. Even on the warmest of days it can still get chilly in mountains, especially at night time. For you to bring:
- Touque (beanie, warm hat)
- Brimmed hat to protect from the sun
- Sunscreen – nobody wants a sunburn
- Gloves for belaying and around camp
- Multiple leg layers – important to manage body temperature
- Multiple upper layer – important to manage body temperature
- Rain gear – waterproof jacket, waterproof pants
- Headlamp – essential for navigating around camp
In a perfect world we wouldn’t have to worry about these details, but we all know that misfortunes can occur. We highly recommend that our guests are well protected by acquiring coverage for both Medical and Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance.
Emergency Medical Expenses Insurance:
It is advised that all our guests purchase medical travellers insurance in case of an emergency. There is no fee for rescue within the national and provincial parks however services such as air and ground transportation and additional medical services can be expensive.
Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance:
Unforeseen events involving health, family members, business, travel complications or other circumstances can drastically alter your plans. For these reasons, we suggest purchasing trip interruption insurance.
Liability Waiver – All guests will be required to sign this before commencing the trip. Download Here
The Fine Print
All prices are in Canadian dollars and do not include the 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). All listed prices are for 2017 only.
Methods and Schedule of Payment
We accept all major credit cards. If there are any complications we can discuss alternate methods of payment.
Schedule of Payment
- All trips require a deposit of 40% at the time of booking.
- Full payment is due 6 weeks before trip departure. Failure to pay balance by this date may result in forfeiting your spot on the tour without refund of initial deposit.
- Full payment must be made for bookings within 6 weeks of the departure date.
- Group bookings will be subject to different conditions and scheduling.
Cancellation and Refund Policies
If for some reason Hedon Rock Tours should need to cancel a tour your payment will be refunded in full. If you cannot participate in a tour that you have booked and do not have cancellation insurance in place, the following terms will apply:
- A full refund will made within 24 hours of booking, provided that the booking was made more than 2 weeks in advance.
- Cancellations within 8 weeks of tour departure will forfeit the deposit.
- Cancellations within 6 weeks will forfeit the full amount.
- We will accept substitute participants in the event that you cannot make the tour.
- All cancelations must be received by Hedon Rock Tours in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org
It may happen that we run into some unruly weather. If the rain is persistent we will have to alter our original itinerary. We cannot guarantee that we will hit all the scheduled destinations but with enough micro climates on the tour we should be able to find dry rock.