Traverse Granite Peaks!
The Nesakwatch Traverse is a fantastic introduction to alpine rock climbing. This trip is 2 days with the first day spent hiking to the bivy site below the spires, and the second day completing the traverse and hiking out. The climbing is mostly fun, low 5th with a few pitches of 5.6 and 5.7.
For climbers wanting to complete this route with less multi-pitch experience we recommend a less committing Squamish Classic like Smoke Bluff Connection or Rambles.
Meet at the Sea To Sky Gondola ticket office on Hwy 99 at 9:00am. Introductions will be followed by reading and signing the waiver then purchasing a gondola ticket. Backcountry users can upload at 9:30am.
From the Summit Gondola station you will hike approximately 2 hours to the start of Escape Velocity. The climb will take approximately 3 hours. After summiting Mt. Habrich you will rappel the climb back to the start and hike back down to the gondola.
Expect to return to your car at 6:30pm
Total day = 9.5 hrs
Ratio 1:1 $800
Ratio 1:2 $450
Dates are flexible July - September.
2 - Full days
Good physical conditioning. Climbing 5.7 and lead belaying. Prior experience seconding climbs. Suggested pre-requisite routes are: Skywalker, Rambles, Banana Peel, or Smoke Bluff Connection.
- rock climbing shoes (very comfortable)
- helmet (climbing)
- chalk bag
- belay device (ATC type)
- 2 locking carabiners
- double length sling (120cm)
- clothing (synthetic)
- approach shoes (sticky rubber)
- headlamp (extra batteries)
- water bottle
- personnel items (ie. bandaids, sunscreen, sun glasses)
- 20 - 30L climbing pack
Fun and Safety First. Book Your VMG Guide For Escape Velocity Now!
Escape velocity is a fun, moderate route on excellent rock! With the gondola approach it has a very European feel. Come see the views from the summit of Mt. Habrich with your VMG guide this summer!