Celebrate all things Hiking at Hikefest 2015

We're big fans of hiking here in the Sea to Sky Corridor. After all, how else does one access the best of the outdoors? One Sunday, September 13, Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures is teaming up with the Sea to Sky Gondola, MEC, Adventure Smart and The North Face for the second annual HikeFest, a day to celebrate all things hiking and the activities on offer at this beautiful location in Squamish.

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Squamish Via Ferrata is beginner friendly

I had a great day at the Squamish Via Ferrata recently with an unlikely group of guests - two adventurous grandmothers, Gillian and Pauline. Both ladies were Sea to Sky Gondola season pass holders and had been doing weekly trips up the mountain for morning hikes and coffee at the Summit Lodge since the gondola opened in the spring of 2014. Gillian had inquired about the steel cables and rungs she could see from the observation deck of the Summit Lodge and was curious about the experience. After talking to Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office she was reassured that both ladies would have no trouble with the via ferrata course. Gillian convinced Pauline that it would be a great idea to try something new during their weekly trips up the Sea to Sky Gondola and booked a tour. I was lucky enough to be assigned as their guide. Gillian was a little hesitant at first, having a slight fear of heights but was more than up to the challenge. The process of clipping onto the safety cable, taking a few steps then clipping onto the next section of cable helped her to focus and worry less about how high off the ground she was. Gillian climbed the headwall with no problems and by the time she reached the top of the she was in a groove!

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