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If 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:

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  • We've 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.
  • Our guides are all accomplished rock climbers and ACMG certified.
  • We have competitive rates with a "rain guarantee".
  • We 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.

Picture of Colin in Squamish.Colin Moorhead - ACMG Rock Guide & Ski Guide 
Colin 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 Highway (5.11c).

Besides 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. 

In 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 ease.

Colin 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. [view resume]

[Photo of Jeremy.]Jeremy 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.

It's 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.

Jeremy 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 competitions.

Jeremy's 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 resume]

[Photo of Jasmin.] 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.

Despite 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.

In 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.

Jasmin 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. [view resume]

Picture of Jamie Selda's Family.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 resume]

Picture of Kinley Aitken.Kinley Aitken - ACMG Assistant Rock Guide
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. [view resume]

Picture of Sonnie and Lydia.Sonnie Trotter - ACMG Assistant Rock Guide
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]

Picture of Paul.Paul 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.

What 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.

Climbing 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 in Yosemite ValleyJean Gamilovski - ACMG Assistant Rock Guide
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]

Picture of Ross on the Shadow.Will Stanhope - ACMG Assistant Rock Guide
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]

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