A Mountain Festival with Vision

Photo courtesy squamishmountainfestival.com
Photo courtesy squamishmountainfestival.com

The vision of the Squamish Mountain Festival is to provide a grassroots gathering to celebrate the globe-spanning magic of climbing, bouldering and mountain culture. Now in its ninth year, the event highlights Squamish and its culture through clinics, speakers, competitions, international adventure films, volunteer trail maintenance days and a celebratory party to close out the festival.

In addition to climbing competitions and clinics, the Festival also features some of the world’s best climbing films. This year, Festival presenter Arc’teryx is screening two excellent docs – Thalay Sagar and Desert IceThalay Sagar follows Arc’teryx climbers Jason Kruk, Paul McSorley and Joshua Lavigne to the Indian Himalayas as they attempt a new route on the imposing, 1500-metre north face of Thalay Sagar. In Desert Ice, ice climbers Scott Adamson and Jesse Huey set out to Zion National Park in search of frozen pitches amid incredible red rock formations.

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Arc’teryx is also hosting climbing icon Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright who will present their film The Sufferfest – a chronicling of their bike-powered journey to climb all of California’s 14,000-foot peaks. Alex and Cedar will also discuss their new project, The Sufferfest 2, about their gruelling bike-powered mission to climb 45 iconic towers in the Four Corners region of the Southwestern U.S.

A Q&A session with all the athletes will follow each film.

The Squamish Mountain Festival has grown to become a highly respected climbing event with attendees coming from around the globe to challenge the Stawamus Chief, the world’s second largest monolith. The event also gives back to the local climbing community with proceeds going to the CASBC (Climbers’ Access Society of BC) and SAS (Squamish Access Society). These groups play a vital role in helping keep Squamish open and accessible to all climbers.

Stawamus Chief, via Wikimedia Commons.
Stawamus Chief, via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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