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Squamish Camping and Cragging

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If one were to be taking a group of about 15 high school students up to Squish for a week of cragging and camping, the focus being on interpersonal growth, where would be the primo campground (quiet, secluded, safe) to facilitate aforementioned growth and group bonding?

 

Also, any recs re: specific crags to visit. Crags with a variety of climbs (gear and sport) from 5.7-5.12 (hey, I gotta have some fun, too).

 

I have the guidebook and have spent a little bit of time at Squamish (in the "dirtbag" category of camping), but was hoping to hear some personal experience.

 

Thanks!

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Sounds like you need facilites for camping so Chief Campground or you could hang out at Porteau cove campsite and make a short drive.

 

places to go where you wont be a nuisance and vice versa-Assuming you have to have a large group all at once

 

Comic Rocks-not popular

Murrin-Reasonably Popular

Fatty Bolger and High Cliff area

Krack Rock

Elephants Arse area cant remember the crag names but in the area

Octopus Garden-Popular

 

of course the sport venues at Rogues and Chek are good places too although probably busy

 

Stay Away from

Burgers and Fries

Neat and Cool

Penny Lane

 

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I would move Murrin from the "reasonably popular" to "very popular" category, especially on weekends as it'c closer to Van. It's a fairly large area though.

 

During the mid-week anywhere should be relatively quiet (at this time of year at least - when are you planning on coming?). if you get up to Octopus' Garden and there ain't a crowd, you've got a nice, open, secluded area with fantastic trad routes of varying grades. Of course, these traits often lead to crowds.

 

For group bonding, bouldering is an easy option - trust fall activities mesh nicely with good spotting practices.

 

 

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The Sugar Loaf at Murrin Park has some good beginner climbs on it (5.6-5.8 all trad). I wouldn't go there on weekends, though!

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There are several crags at Cal-chek with great sub-10 sport routes and a nearby Forest Service campsite with plenty of space.

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