Since it is a rainy day here in Squamish I figure I will just go ahead and write about how it has been here so far. Like I was saying in the last post, the mountains just seem to get better the further North that we go. And Squamish is no different. It is so incredible. The forests are dense and lush. Moss grows everywhere, blanketing the stones and forest floor. The mountains jut out from the earth in every direction, covered with a thick mass of trees. The Howe Sound skirts Squamish and is one of the most beautiful bodies of water I have ever seen. It glistens in the sun and is almost like turquoise up close. (Not yet sure if that is from natural or man-made causes. I will get back to you on that). And then there is the stone. I have never seen such an abundance of perfect granite stone as there is in Squamish. It is everywhere. The largest formation, The Chief, is this huge granite face that is right off the highway and what we are going to climb when the rain dries up. One of the best parts about Squamish is how close everything is. It doesn’t take more than 10-20 minutes to get to pretty much and route that you want to climb. So long two hours slogs to the crag, at least for now.

A weird Porsche rally
Low quality, more pictures will come later. I keep forgetting to take them!
Just your friendly bathroom spider!

We spent yesterday climbing in the rain. Well, not actually “in the rain”. We weren’t getting soaked because the climbs we were doing are under this huge roof and remain dry during storms, which is convenient. The climbing was great, and we stayed pretty dry, but I can’t wait to climb some of the really cool routes when it is dry and sunny out. That just tends to be a nice environment to climb in. As a coastal region, Squamish sees a lot of rain and some pretty crazy weather, but August/September are supposed to be some of the drier months so fingers crossed we get some good days in.

I also just want to mention that I love Canadian money. It is made out of a plastic and it pretty much indestructible. Also, they are recycled when they are taken out of circulation, which is a bonus. America, take a hint. Maybe we could take plastics in the ocean and turn them into money. Who knows, crazier things have happened.


3 thoughts on “Squamish

  1. Hi, Kate, dear,
    I have just today been introduced to your journal due to Karen getting me started on it. Before that, she had advised me not to open it for fear I would do it wrong and lose your writings. I have now read everything you’ve written to date, and I am really impressed! Not just with your adventures and climbing (which are surely VERY impressive), but also with your writing, which is articulate, descriptive, interesting, and also creative. You have a remarkable way with words. Somehow while I wasn’t paying attention, you became a fabulous adventurer and journalist!
    I’m so pleased you and JJ are having a great experience, and also that you’re sharing it with family and friends. I look forward to every journal entry to follow. Stay safe, be careful, and keep writing. I love you and am proud of you. You’re very thoughtful to share your adventure with us. Thanks!
    Love, Grandma


  2. I want to see that plastic Canadian money so make sure you bring some back across the border! I remember crossing the border at 19. I gotta tell you that story in person!


    1. I can’t wait to here it! I’ll bring you some:)


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