One of the many stories on the quest campus is that the snow on the mountains is actually just piles of Kermode Bears. Now, I know this isn’t true but it just goes to show how much we think about mountains!
Besides school, many students are constantly in and out of the mountains. They ‘re the complete package. They are awe-inspiring, challenging and sometimes unpredictable. At Quest we are lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the most gorgeous mountains on the BC coast. There are so many to choose from it’s hard to even know where to start!
One of the most famous ones around here is Garibaldi. It’s an inactive volcano, (it hasn’t been active for about 10,000 years or so!) and houses some very popular hiking, camping and skiing. It’s so popular that in the beginning of the year a couple of large groups (organized by the Quest Adventure Club) went to Elfin Lakes, which is the access to the East face of the mountain.
Another awesome mountain around here is Sky Pilot. It’s the highest in a series of peaks Southeast of the Stawamus Chief, (one of the coolest rock climbing areas around, at least in my opinion!) It’s such an aesthetically cool mountain. It’s super jagged and is connected to many other peaks. AND! It can climbed in a day if you’re relatively experienced in mountain climbing. I haven’t climbed it yet but it’s on my to-do list.
There are so many other mountains around here that are amazing. I haven’t even begun to strike the surface! They are all super cool for their own reasons. The only way to really understand their incredible-ness is to experience them. Come to Squamish. Climb a few mountains and go back home with some awesome stories to share with your friends.
I just have one piece of advice… Beware of the (Kermode) bear-valanches! They may seem fluffy but they can be extra dangerous!