Style of Climbing:
Steep snow and rock
At 2,031 meters (6663 feet), Sky Pilot provides a great introduction to the Alpine right in the backyard of Squamish and Vancouver, BC. Sky Pilot and the Stadium Glacier are quickly accessed by the new Sea to Sky Gondola. Riding the Gondola saves hours of approach time with almost a vertical kilometre of elevation gain (2800 feet), allowing quick access to the Alpine. This area is great for a one to three-day adventure boasting amazing views and a big mountain feel.
Sky pilot is one of the closest alpine route to Squamish and Vancouver, BC offering engaging scrambling and unbeatable views of the Howe Sound and Sea to Sky Valley
Elevation gain from the gondola: 1250m
Climb steepness: 45 degrees
Rock difficulty: 4th class
Distance (one way): 6.8km
Meet at the Base Camp Cafe at the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish at 8 am. From there, we will take the Gondola up and hike out into the backcountry after a final gear check—hike or bike to the end of the old logging road. We ascend and cross the Stadium Glacier and gain the West Ridge of Sky Pilot Mountain. Fourth and easy fifth class climbing on rock leads to an exhilarating summit with incredible views of the Sea to Sky Corridor.
1 DAY TRIP:
Hike to the base of Mt. Sky Pilot. Climb it round trip in a maximum of 11 hours. Due to Sea to Sky Gondola Hours of Operation, the 11 hour day trip can only be executed on Friday and Saturday (as the last download time is at 9 pm, instead of 7 pm). If you are fit and able to complete the attempt in 9 hours, a one-day summit attempt can be made Sunday-Thursday.
3 DAY TRIP:
Day 1: Meet at 10 am at Base Camp Cafe at the base of Sea to Sky Gondola. Have lunch at the top of the gondola, then hike out to the mountain base to a beautiful base camp in the Alpine. Review and practice mountaineering skills.
Day 2: Early the next morning, set out to summit Sky Pilot.
Day 3: The next day, we will climb Co-Pilot mountain and head back to the gondola.
The number one question we get from our guests is, "are we ready for a multi-pitch?". 99.9% the answer is YES, a guide's job is literally to push their guest's ability. If you have a minimum climbing experience and eagerness for a day of adventure, we can design a trip for you!
Previous rock climbing experience, in the gym or outside.
Can top rope a minimum grade of 5.6
Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 8 hours
Likes being outside
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Mountain Boots – full-leather. They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
Backpack – 30-40 litre capacity
Outer layer waterproof jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
Lightweight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pairs)
Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best) (2 pairs)
Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
Socks – wool or synthetic blend (1-2 pairs)
Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
Sunglasses – UV block with good eye coverage (1pr)
Headlamp with new batteries
Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
Sunscreen – minimum SPF45
Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 litre
Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built-in pant gaiters or boot gaiters
Compass and map
Knife – Swiss army style
Tape / Repair kit
Technical equipment (supplied by Altus if required)
Ice axe and technical climbing tool
Climbing harness – seat harness only
3 locking carabineers
1 belay device
Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
Note: Gear requirements can change based on trip and conditions. Let us know if you have any questions!
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