The Canadian Mountain Magic checks in from Squamish.
The Westcoast Blogger
Dear Friends and Family of Canadian Mountain Magic #CM2,
Greetings from all of us here in Squamish, BC! We’ve been having a blast in this first leg of our trip and are excited to give you this update on our adventures. After a meet and greet in the airport on our first day, we settled in to our cozy campground right across from the beautiful Shannon Falls in Squamish; the view is absolutely gorgeous! Our first activity was two full days of rock climbing. Everybody picked up the sport quickly and had a great time, but we had a few clear “Rock Stars.” Sidney enthusiastically climbed EVERY route with great success and Andres, our Columbian mountaineer, clearly had some prior experience as he flew up the cliff-sides. They were joined by Joey, Eric H, and Matthew in a special advanced track climbing tutorial with our guide, Terry. Next, we hiked the Stawamus Chief, the second largest monolithic rock in the world (the first is Ayers Rock in Australia). Thomas, Stirling, and Jonah led the daring ascent to the top, where we all enjoyed a delicious lunch and a beautiful view! Such an intense hike warranted some R&R by Alta Lake in Whistler. Rachel, Sasha, and Sidney jumped right into the refreshing mountain waters while Harley swam all the way out to the floating dock in the middle of the lake. We closed the day by celebrating Joey’s birthday with some cake and a bridge-building competition.
On day five, we hiked a glacier which was a challenging but an exciting new experience for all. It was Andres’ first time on the snow, and Alex especially enjoyed the hike, keeping up with the pace with our seasoned guides. We all learned how to self-arrest on the ice, and the ever-adventurous Harley was the first volunteer to demonstrate the technique. Eric P. led the descent, enthusiastically (and fearlessly) sliding down the snow.
Yesterday we embarked on a ziptrek through the woods of Whistler. Sasha enjoyed the experience so much that when the tour ended she requested that we start again from
the beginning! Others like Stirling, did daring stunts, hanging fearlessly from the zipline. We have so many more exciting adventures ahead of us and we look forward
to updating you again soon with our amazing campers’ latest achievements!
All the Best!
The CM2 Crew