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Star Chek Climbing Route

Cheakamus Canyon, British Columbia

Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia

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  • The cairn signifying the trailhead to Star Chek. - Star Chek Climbing Route
  • The scramble down to Star Chek has fixed ropes for safety.- Star Chek Climbing Route
  • The bottom of the rappel has fixed ropes to lead you to the bottom of the climb.- Star Chek Climbing Route
  • Star Chek. First Pitch above the Cheackamus River.- Star Chek Climbing Route
  • Wild Cheakamus River below.- Star Chek Climbing Route
  • From the second belay station on Star Chek.- Star Chek Climbing Route
  • Rising up from the river, the view gets better and better.- Star Chek Climbing Route
  • Climbing the 5.9 pitch at the top.- Star Chek Climbing Route
  • Belaying from the top of the third pitch.- Star Chek Climbing Route
  • The view of the canyon from the top of the climb.- Star Chek Climbing Route
  • The view above the canyon to Tantalus and Serratus Mountains.- Star Chek Climbing Route
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Pros: 
Beautiful view. Not far from parking.
Cons: 
Can be busy. May have to wait your turn.
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Region:
Squamish-Lillooet Area, BC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Recommended Equipment:
Harness / rope / anchors, Additional ice tools
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade V
Net Elevation Gain: 
65.23 m (214.00 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 km (0.62 mi)
Trailhead Elevation: 
340.00 m (1,115.49 ft)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Star Chek is a classic Squamish-area rock climbing route that starts at the Cheakamus River and climbs three pitches of granite, each pitch becoming gradually more difficult. The Cheakamus River runs from the mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park through the Cheakamus Canyon and meets up with the Squamish River just north of the town of Squamish.

From the parking area, walk north along the west side of the highway to a small rocky mound with a small cairn built to signify the trailhead. From there you'll have to scramble down the obvious trail to find two sets of anchors at a clearing. The lower set on the right (north) are the rappelling anchors. With a 60-meter rope you can get to the bottom of the cliff with three consecutive rappels; you'll then have a short scramble to reach the bottom of the first pitch.

The climbs are well bolted all the way up with a short 5.8 pitch to start followed by a long 5.7 and a 5.9 or 5.10 to top out. At the end of each pitch is a large belay station with ample room for multiple climbers. Topping out brings you to the same point from which you rappelled, and the trail up leads back to the highway and the parking area.

The views in and around the canyon are amazing. The best times to visit are spring and fall when the river flows high and fast with a blue-green color that is the result of minerals collected in the mountain runoff. This beautiful backdrop helps to make Star Check an unforgettable climb in the Squamish area.

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