WHY CHOOSE SRG?
your specific interest is rock climbing, and
your destination is the Squamish-Whistler corridor, you
should look no further than Squamish Rock Guides. We are
the specialists in this area and our dedication
provides a level of climbing skill, quality and commitment
that is unparalleled. We understand that it can be difficult
making a decision about who to trust with your climbing
goals and encourage you to consider the following about
Squamish Rock Guides:
been in business since 1991.
- Colin Moorhead has been climbng in Squamish for over 20 years and guiding for 10. He has unparalleled knowledge of the climbs and local conditions. He provides excellent mentorship for the guides.
guides are all accomplished rock climbers and ACMG certified.
have competitive rates with a "rain guarantee".
are a Chamber of Commerce member.
- We carry valid BC Parks permits.
- We have a perfect safety record.
- We have low client to guide ratios.
Moorhead - ACMG Rock Guide & Ski Guide
Moorhead is the owner of Squamish Rock Guides and was introduced to the sport at the age of twelve
by his father. During his career, has traveled to
the United States, Europe, Australia and Peru to seek out unique
challenges. Colin is one of the top traditional
climbers in the Squamish area, yet he is equally at home
on difficult sport climbs, physical boulder problems and
sandstone towers. He has been with SRG since its beginning
and has the very unique distinction of being the only
ACMG guide to have guided the very difficult, multi-pitch
routes Freeway (5.11c), Daily Planet (5.12a) and Alaska
being a top Rock Guide, Colin also has the distinction
of being a very prolific first ascensionist. Because he
has climbed so many of the difficult routes on the Chief,
he now prefers to focus on finding new lines to develop
for his own. This has culminated in his notoriously difficult
and exceptionally exposed routes "Brothers in Arms"
on the Tantalus Wall and "Gravtiy Bong" on the Prow Wall.
addition to his unique guiding skills, Colin is also an
exceptional instructor with a sharp wit. He delivers excellent
lessons with an entertaining style and is commonly requested
for this purpose. His extensive background allows him
to instruct virtually any aspect of rock climbing with
spends his winters in working as a heli-ski
guide. He lives
in Squamish each summer and, when not out climbing or
guiding, is always thinking about his next first ascent.
Blumel - ACMG
Rock Guide, BFA
It's probably safe to say that Jeremy Blumel's
biggest strength in rock climbing is his versatility.
Unlike most rock guides, he is equally at home redpointing
a desperate sport climb in France, fiddling in RP's on
a runout face climb in England or flexing out a steep
bouldering cave at Hueco Tanks. In addition to this, he
is also an excellent crack and slab climber, probably
a result of his Squamish roots.
hard to appreciate how well-rounded Jeremy is until you
climb with him on a variety of rock types. His fluid,
yet powerful style can be hypnotizing as he dispatches
difficult climbs with ease. In addition to this, he has
an easy-going manner and is skilled at teaching and passing
on technique tips to his guests.
resides in Vancouver during the winter and Squamish during
the summer. In addition to his guiding, he is also a skilled
animator and brings great creativity to his work. In his
spare time, he keeps his climbing fitness sharp by coaching
the Edge Junior Climbing Team and setting routes for climbing
climbing and people skills place him near the very top
of the guiding pyramid on the West Coast. We're proud
to have him at SRG.[view
Jasmin Caton -
ACMG Rock Guide, Assistant Ski Guide,BSc
From the first day Jasmin discovered rock climbing,
she was well and truly addicted. Her pursuit of climbing
adventures have taken her to the first female ascent of
a 3000’ wall in the Northwest Territories, speed-climbing
in Yosemite, clipping bolts in Thailand, climbing sea
stacks in Tasmania and many places in between. While she
loves all types of climbing, crack climbing is Jasmin’s
number one passion, one of the reasons she has chosen
Squamish as her summer home.
the excitement and adventure of climbing, Jasmin claims
it is the people she has met through climbing that has
made it such an appealing activity for her, and the main
reason why she chose to become a guide. When she is not
in Squamish, she can be found managing her family’s
backcountry ski touring lodge in the Valhalla Mountains,
teaching people the finer points of powder skiing and
breaking trail without breaking a sweat.
addition to climbing, Jasmin has devoted some of her overflowing
supply of energy towards completing a degree in Hydro geology
at UBC, with her thesis focused on natural attenuation
of hydrocarbon contamination. Her previous employment
has ranged from stream surveying and habitat assessment
project in the Northwest Territories for the Department
of Fisheries and Oceans to tail-guiding at a snow-cat
ski operation in the Steelworks to cooking at remote mountaineering
camps for the Alpine Club of Canada.
honed her guiding skills by teaching her parents how to
climb, and has taken them climbing in the Bugaboos, the
Cascades, Utah, California, Skaha, and of course, Squamish.
Jamie Selda -
ACMG Rock Guide, BSc
Jamie Selda began climbing in the U.S.’s northeast over twelve years ago and the sport has been a major part of his life ever since. He loves all kinds of climbing, but if he had to pick a favorite style it would be crack climbing. For this reason, Jamie has spent a lot of time traveling around the western USA in search of the ultimate crack.
Teaching in the outdoors is also a great passion of Jamie’s. He went to university to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Education and, since then, has thoroughly enjoyed teaching people how to climb safely and appreciate our natural environment. This has been Jamie’s career for over eight years now and he spends as many as 150 days a year working in the field.
Jamie lives and climbs year round in Squamish with his family, which consists of his wife Christine, daughter River, two cats and two dogs – phew! He thinks Squamish is the best finger crack climbing in the universe. [view
Kinley Aitken - ACMG Assistant
Kinley Aitken started climbing at the age of 22. Unlike most, she skipped the intermediate learning stage and was quickly swapping leads with her more experienced partners. Never one to ease into a new activity, Kinley's second season on the rock saw her joining an expedition to BC's Mt. Waddington range. On this trip, Kinley blew her teammates minds by striking out alone and free-soloing the south ridge of Serra One (5.10). This mountain hooked Kinley on adventure climbing and she has since accomplished numerous impressive ascents throughout North America and Europe. When asked why she loves to climb, Kinley avoids giving the standard answer and instead offers this limerick:
The routes long and clean were her passion
And she maintained a strong sense of fashion.
She loved chalk in the crack
And the sun on her back,
Never minding a good body thrashin'!
As well as a trained Shiatsu therapist, Kinley spends her winters skiing as much untracked powder as possible while working as the Chef for Whitecap Alpine ski touring lodge. In between summer and winter Kinley works as a rigger in the arts and entertainment and as a rope access tech in industrial vertical environments. Her diverse background and excellent people skills ensure that a day on the rocks with Kinley will be truly memorable.
Sonnie Trotter - ACMG Assistant
Canadian Sonnie Trotter started climbing in 1997 when he was 16 years old. In the short time since, he's racked up an impressive list of climbing accomplishments including the first Canadian to climb 5.14c and the third person in North America to establish 5.14d. in 2006, Sonnie completed the first ascent of the coveted 5.14 Cobra Crack, arguably the world's hardest pure crack climb. Sonnie continues to travel the globe establishing and repeating standard-setting, bold, traditionally protected climbs.
Sonnie is the most down-to-earth superstar you'll ever meet. He truly enjoys being outside and introducing newcomers to the sport. His enthusiasm for climbing is truly infectious and his easy-going manner quickly puts one at ease.
In addition to his climbing and guiding prowess, Sonnie is an accomplished photographer and writer. He is a hugely entertaining public speaker, presenting polished multimedia shows at mountain festivals throughout North America.
Climbing with Sonnie is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the world's most talented climbing athletes. Don't be afraid to ask for him by name. [view resume]
McSorley - ACMG Assistant
Rock and Assistant Alpine Guide, BA
Paul first tied into a rope in 1992 and visited
Squamish five years later. He’s been coming back
ever since and now spends summers on the coast and winters
traveling abroad or shivering in the Canadian Rockies.
He considers himself an "all-rounder", but admits
he still needs to work on his sport climbing to properly
claim that title.
Paul enjoys most in rock climbing is scaling towers. He
claims the height and length are irrelevant - it’s
the aesthetic appeal of topping out on such a dramatic
formation that matters most. Paul also finds guiding and
teaching very satisfying because it allows him to share
his passion with others and offer them the possibility
of fresh experiences.
has introduced Paul to an amazing variety of people and
taken him to exotic corners of the world; an expedition
to Pakistan, mountain safety work in the Middle East,
three trips to Patagonia as well as some civilized alpine
climbing in the French Alps. Apart from climbing Paul
enjoys soul food cooking, music, photography, Frisbee
golf and thrashing (hopelessly) on a surfboard. [view resume]
Jean Gamilovski - ACMG Assistant
From the moment Jean had his first rock-climbing lesson, climbing became his passion. Now an accomplished climber and guide Jean was born in the quiet town of Klaipeda, Lithuania and relocated to Newfoundland, Canada in 1996. It was there in 1998 that Jean visited St. John’s first indoor rock-climbing gym and soon after was tying into the lead lines on the beautiful sea cliffs of Newfoundland. Very quickly climbing became his life – rock climbing, bouldering and ice climbing all had his attention and soon after he quit university to pursue climbing full-time. His love of climbing eventually brought him to the west coast where he now calls Squamish his home
Jean has climbed many of North America’s classic climbing areas. From the cool cliffs of Newfoundland to the busy rocks of Ontario, to the fiery Mexican spires, the granite monoliths of California to the rock face amidst the scorching deserts of Jordan and now the mountains and cliffs of the Rockies and the Coast Mountains of Canada
To Jean, climbing is a metaphor for life. Every day, like every climb, is different and the experience you have depends on the route you choose and the moves you make. The key is to an interesting life is to continue to challenge yourself and to enjoy. Whether you climb an old favourite savoring the experience for what it is or you challenge yourself with a new route, success comes from always being engaged with the rock you are climbing on, the people around you, and learning from both.
In addition to guiding Jean is a photographer and a filmmaker with two feature documentary films under his belt and many ideas in his pocket. [view resume]
Will Stanhope - ACMG Assistant
Like most young climbers these days, Will started his climbing career in an indoor gym. He showed great talent from an early age and quickly landed a spot on the junior national climbing team. Will experienced some early competitive success, but soon found himself spending increasing amounts of time dreaming of lofty alpine walls and never ending cracks. His focus soon shifted to outdoor climbing and he left the gym far behind.
Nowadays, Will has redpointed sport routes up to 5.13d, but prefers to focus his energy on cutting edge traditional routes and big wall free climbs. He is quickly emerging as one of the rising stars of North American rock climbing and his peers are constantly amazed by his bold first ascents and casual repeats of established test pieces.
Will calls Squamish home, but has traveled and climbed throughout North America, Australia, and Patagonia. He has taken to guiding and instructing the way he took to climbing - with boundless enthusiasm and energy. Will quickly puts his students at ease with his easygoing manner and infectious passion for the sport. When being guided by Will, know that you are learning from one of the best. [view resume]