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.
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.