Get the beta on Ground Up this month

Ground Up-Date: May 2018

We have a few offerings to start rounding out your Squamish summer this month.

Stay fit and healthy with our adult programs (and adult camps!), keep the rope skills sharp with our Rock Rescue Refresh courses and the kiddies psyched with our Youth Summer Camps.

Rock Rescue Refresh

These are public sessions available to members and day pass holders by donation to build awareness of rock rescue techniques and create space for learning about Squamish rock history, ethics and safety.

All guides presenting are ACMG certified.

  • • May 6th - Jamie Selda presents Ascending systems
  • • May 13th - Jason Ammerlaan presents Descent systems
  • • May 20th - Jody Radtke presents "Processing Trauma in the Mountains"
  • • May 27th - Eric Hughes presents " Escape the Belay"

Please register through our online booking for free, and remember that this is a by donation series!

ALL funds raised will go to Squamish Search and Rescue and Squamish Access Society

Through the Locals Lens - Amateur Film Contest

An evening of film showing you what it means to push the limits of outdoor adventure. Starting with our first mini-film-fest showcasing local filmmakers and their take on the raw experiences and endeavors taking place in our outdoor playground of rock, snow, water, and dirt.

Through the Locals Lens will be held on the 26th May 6pm - 9pm.

Deadline for entries is the 12th of May.

Click here for all event details, how to enter and where to buy tickets.

G-Up Team Tryouts this Month

Don't forget, our team tryouts are coming up May 12th – 13th. If you have a young climber who is looking to take the next step in their climbing career then our Youth Climbing Team is for you



Check out the recruitment video we put together.

Summer Camps - Not Just for Kids

We have a variety of camps available this summer that cater to a wide range of abilities and experience from brand new to seasoned crusher.

Click here for all the info and registration for our kids camps. Everything you need to get your kids learning new skills and staying active this summer.

Our summer camps aren't just for kids either! This summer at Ground Up we are running our Red Point Camp.

This is our first performance geared camp. It combines the trifecta of performance coaching with Hans Montenegro (climbing Coach and Mental trainer), Pat Humphries ( Climbing and strength coach) and Jeremy Blumel (ACMG Rock Guide). 

Get inspired to send your hardest climbs this year as we help you break down the process, and realize your potential. 

Early Bird pricing ends June 1st! Info and Registration here.

Ground Up Outdoor Guided Courses

This summer we will be introducing our very own outdoor guided courses! If you're looking to make the transition from gym to crag, top rope to leading or sport to placing gear then we have a wide offering of programs to get you there.

Our fundamental goals for all our outdoor programs are to instill local ethics, history and tools to manage risk safely, to provide a fundamental base of knowledge in all aspects of climbing and to transition climbers safely from the gym to outdoors.

The programs we have on offer are:


Full details, prices and registration will be up on our website soon!

Important Update

On September 12th 2018 we will be raising our prices. The changes in pricing are directly related to the Provincial Government's change in minimum wage and increased local business taxes, utilities and other costs. To stay competitive as an employer and support our team we see no other option.

We want to thank you for your support and energy over the past 2.5 years. Ground Up could not be the community it is without you. We have found that every time we try to push the bar a bit higher, you meet us there and help us to become the best facility we can for this community. One of the comments we get most is about our incredible staff team. We feel grateful to always have such a passionate and highly qualified staff on board and we would like to keep it this way.

We have a lot more we want to offer this community as we grow.  We will continue to strive to provide the best services and facilities possible for athlete development and the climbing community as a whole; always improving and advancing on what we have created.

Some facts about Ground Up: 

Facility improvements we have made since opening our doors:

  • • Addition of the treadwall
  • • Thousands of new climbing holds and over 70 volumes
  • • New training room, rowing machine and weights
  • • Technique wall
  • • Campus board
  • • Ceiling Fan solutions  

Community commitments:

  • • Donated over 3000 dollars worth of prizes to local community fundraisers
  • • Host free summer sessions for training and community development
  • • Coach and train a competitive youth team that continually astounds us with what they are capable of
  • • Classes for beginners and advanced climbers including performance development through strength, power, power endurance, technique and mental training
  • • Developing and Implementing a climbing development awards program for squamish youth that focuses on long term athlete development
  • • Created ties with Quest University to help coach their competitive team
  • • Offering transition programs to the outdoors, focused on foundational understanding, risk management and outdoor ethics.


When we opened, we had hired 7 part time staff and now…

  • • Over 20 full or part time staff members
  • • 6 management positions
  • • All staff have a minimum of Standard First Aid certification.
  • • All staff are trained under the standard of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides for climbing instruction and risk management.
  • • Youth competitive coaches are trained through the National Coaching Certification Program.
  • • We offer an extended health benefits plan to any staff regularly working over 20 hours a week.

Changes still to come:

  • • Washroom/change room upgrades
  • • Climbing Specific Training Wall Solution
  • • More classes tailored to our members needs
  • • More community events
  • • We will continue to listen to your needs and make changes that benefit your climbing and community.

We understand that the gym is a hub for many and that price increase may affect the accessibility for some of our current members. This was a difficult decision that we have taken very seriously. The price changes will be finalized and released before June 12th, 2018. We are happy to answer any questions and concerns, as well as discuss options at that point. 

Thanks again for your support and understanding, and most of all, thank you for being a part of the Ground Up Community.