Descending Monmouth Canyon, Squamish

Last year we started to see more and more mentions in our news feeds and social channels of Canyoneering in Southwest BC. It was enough for me to investigate it further to see who was doing it and where. When I discovered that these Canyoneers were coming to Squamish and descending Monmouth Canyon (known locally as “Jump for Joy Falls”) I was shocked. I’d past by some of the waterfalls of Monmouth before on a previous adventure and I remembered them being not only large, but powerful. I couldn’t imagine people trying to rappel anywhere near those things.

We’d never really Canyoneered before. On a past holiday in Scotland we’d experienced “Gorge Walking” which, I’m not going to lie, felt a little contrived. We basically just walked around in shallow pools in wet suits and did a few short jumps into the water. I was always aware that I could just step out of the river onto the banks. It lacked the feeling of commitment that I imagined rappelling waterfalls in a tight canyon would provide.

I contacted one of the BC Canyoneers and gave them my best elevator pitch to see if they’d allow us to join them on their next trip. I wasn’t hopeful but they accepted! We rented swimsuits, figured out what waterproof gear we’d need, and, slightly nervous about stepping into an unknown activity in an unknown environment, met up with them to cross over the Squamish river and explore Monmouth Canyon.

I’ll let the photos below do the rest of the talking, and check out the video at the bottom, made from the plethora of GoPro footage I recorded on this adventure.

For more information about this Canyon check out this website: BC Canyoneers

Photo Credit for some of the pictures in this set goes to the awesome Kevin Swanson.

Descending the first rappel

Descending the first rappel

One of the longer rappels

One of the longer rappels

Spring starting rappel 4

Spring starting rappel 4

Spring tackling the last stage of rappel 4

Spring tackling the last stage of rappel 4

Trying to get free of the rappel

Trying to get free of the rappel

While narrow, this waterfall was very loud

While narrow, this waterfall was very loud

Scrambling slick rock between rappels

Scrambling slick rock between rappels

A snack break with a view of Squamish

A snack break with a view of Squamish

Leigh starting down the tube rappel

Leigh starting down the tube rappel

Leigh descending the amazing tube rappel

Leigh descending the amazing tube rappel

Spring stoked, heading down rappel 7

Spring stoked, heading down rappel 7

 

Video from this adventure:

Author: Leigh McClurg

I grew up in County Dublin, Ireland and moved to British Columbia, Canada with my wife in 2010. I fell in love with being in the Backcountry and Mountains that are all around me here and try to spend all of my free time exploring those wild places. My main goals are to chase happiness, see as much of this planet and its cultures as possible and grow every day through knowledge and experiences.

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