Slipstream Rock Climbing & Guiding Centre
5010 Paradise Vly, Squamish, BC, V0N 3G0
This outdoor facility offers climbers of all skill levels the chance to challenge themselves under the watchful eye of instructors with decades of experience.
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Profile Last Updated: January 18, 2008
Slipstream Rock Climbing and Guiding Centre has been open since 1990. The centre's director, however, has been climbing rocks since the late 1970s. The centre is based at a private rock about a 20 minute drive north of Squamish. The rock differs from most climbing spots in the area. While Squamish-area rocks tend to be either cracks or slabs, the Slipstream rock in Paradise Valley is blockier and features more natural holds. The rock is about 20 metres high and there are about 10 different paths, which range in difficulty from beginner to expert.
A Full Day of Climbing in a Half Day
There are several benefits to the fact that Slipstream's facility is privately owned. The public climbing spots near Squamish tend to be crowded, which means climbers spend more time waiting and less time climbing. The crowds can also be intimidating to beginners. At Slipstream's climbing centre, the group who has reserved the rock has it to themselves. The climbing centre is also one of the few spots near Squamish where one can drive to the base of the rock, rather than spend time hiking to get there. Set-up time is reduced, if not wholly eliminated, since Slipstream instructors know the size of the group that is coming and can set up before they arrive.
A Group Bonding Experience
Groups of up to 30 can be accommodated at the climbing centre. It's a great outing for a work group, a group of friends or a family. The instructors have taught children as young as six years old. Instructors are also trained in first aid and provide all the necessary equipment and training.