British Columbia & Canadian Rockies
British Columbia is home to a vast amount of climbing, encompassing almost every style, from remote alpine peaks to seaside sport crags and everything in between. The pages here are intended to give a brief overview of the climbing areas in BC and the Canadian Rockies which I am most familiar with.
Aside from hiking and scrambling, which I have dabbled in all my life, my first introduction to climbing was rock climbing in northwest BC when I lived in Terrace. Over the years I've had the chance to play on bits of rock in various places, and I have put together some information based on the climbing I have done in the following areas:
In the past few years, I have also begun to take a bigger interest in alpine climbing. As such, I have included some information on climbing in the BC Alpine and some brief opinions on other alpine routes I've done. As well, over the past few years I've dabbled lightly with ice climbing. While the Rockies are well renowned as one of the best ice climbing destinations anywhere, there is also a selection of lesser known ice climbing throughout BC, particularly around Lillooet.
In Vancouver sometimes it rains in the winter. In that case, it is a good idea to head south to find some dry rock. Some of the best areas include:
Red Rocks - 20 hour drive. Mix of sport and trad, cragging and multi-pitch.
Josua Tree - 20 hour drive. Classic winter cragging.
Yosemite - 15 hour drive. No explanation needed.
Canyonlands - 20 hour drive.
Smith Rock - 8 hour drive. The closest reliable winter climbing desination to Vancouver.
Cochise Stronghold - a long long drive. Superbe granite and no crowds.
Wyoming - 20 hour drive. Assorted alpine climbing, as well as the very unique Devil's Tower
The Alps - no introduction needed. From sport to alpine you can find it all here.
Fontainebleau - for those week-ends when the alps seem too far away
Far Away Places
Lofoten - white sandy beaches, crystal blue water, typical red fishing villages, and enough perfect granite to keep a climber busy for a long, long time.
South America - really big mountains
Morocco - some good climbing to be found in the gorges of the Atlas mountains, as well as lots of good trekking.