Put on your Lumberjack attire, tighten your harness, and get ready for the 8th annual Squamish Mountain Festival (SQUMF) July 17 through 21 in British Columbia. Less than an hour’s drive from Vancouver lies one of B.C.’s world-renown climbing destinations and for five days, the area known as Squamish will be filled with climbing experts, boulderers and all-around crag-cravers.
Hosted by Arc’teryx, SQUFM offers an opportunity to inspire, unite, and celebrate the sport of climbing with others who share the same passion for a life on the rocks. Several types of climbing and bouldering clinics put on by professional guides and pro athletes, gear demos, themed parties, and off-the-rocks activities draw crowds from all over B.C. and the northwestern US.
“We’ve been putting this on for eight years and we’re proud that we’ve been able to maintain an intimate, inclusive event that draws climbers of all ability levels,” said Acr’teryx North American Events and Athlete Manager, Laura Fergusson. “Seeing the relationships among volunteers, attendees, and sponsors strengthen over the years has really made SQUAMF a success.” A part of the proceeds benefit the Squamish Access Society (SAS) and the Climbers Access Society of British Columbia (CASBC).
After wearing out your limbs from a long day of demoing, rally for the Lumberjack-themed Throwdown party on Saturday night at the Howe Sound Brew Pub. Admission is free and the party rages from 10 p.m. until close. Squamish has a rich logging history so we suggest you thrown on a flannel, a pair of Carhartt trousers, and gather with other SQUMF’s for “one of the most talked about events at the fest,” as Arc’teryx Media and Communications manager, Jo Salamon puts it.
Note: the number of party attendees maxes out at 180 so arrive when the doors open at 8 p.m.
As always, the fest will feature inspirational speeches from different accomplished climbers such as Craig DeMartio, who, after a horrific climbing accident made a first ascent of El Cap in Yosemite with a team of disabled climbers. Listen to DeMartio Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Eye Theater along with other film and speaker presentations.
The Dynamic DYNO comp: all day Sunday at the Squamish Junction Park, watch 30 to 50 climbers compete for the largest distance as crowds gather to cheer on the competitors. Entry is open and free to anyone but forewarning, Squam locals are known to train for the DYNO comp. year round.
Tug-O-War comp: join a team and or watch as participants grit their teeth to be the ultimate champs in a game of strength and strategy.
SAS & CASBC Volunteer Trail Maintenance Day: while the Squamish area offers some of the best climbing in B.C., it wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated volunteers who blaze trails and set lines for you to enjoy. This is your chance to give back. Meet at the Squamish Adventure Center on Saturday at 8 a.m.