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Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia


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Scrambling is the middle ground between hiking and mountaineering. It offers access to incredible wilderness summits without using ropes or advanced climbing techniques. In this guide, experienced hikers and mountaineers will find a wide range of route difficulties, from trails leading to summits, to challenging snow and rock ascents. Explore the spectacular peaks of the rugged Coast Mountains of Southwest British Columbia!
• 120 route descriptions
• 320 pages
• Day trips, weekend trips and multi-day outings
• Information on 11 huts with nearby scrambles
• Detailed access descriptions, including road mileages and GPS waypoints for important junctions.
• Note: Many forest service roads have changed since publication of the book, therefore a number of access descriptions are no longer accurate.
• Over 240 route photos shot during ascent and from the air
• Routes near Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Gold Bridge, Chilliwack and Hope

June 2021 Guidebook Reprint

Beginning in 1998, I spent a considerable amount of time scrambling in the South Coast. Click here for scrambling trip reports by the author. This resulted in the self published guidebook “Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia” which was released in 2004. Over time a number of changes to the routes in the book have occurred, click here for some updates for the routes in the book. The guidebook has been out of print for several summers but after receiving numerous request I have completed a small reprint of the original text. The book was for sale exclusively on this website but the copies I reprinted have now sold out. If you are interested in getting a copy please sign up on this page and I will contact you if and when there are more copies.

Weight 0.42 kg
Dimensions 19.1 × 12.7 × 1.9 cm

22 reviews for Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia

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  1. Nigel Aspinall

    Scrambles changed my
    life. It opened up a whole new world-the perfect fusion between hiking and climbing.

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  2. Mike Kopec

    My favourite “go to” book when I’m looking for somewhere new to explore. A++

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  3. larry falcon

    If you are keen to try out new areas, this book is a “must have”. Matt Gunn has done an amazing job in guiding you into new adventures with every turn of a page. His directions are bang on as to accessing trail heads, route finding and gaining access to every summit. Your experiences achieved with this book will give you confidences to go beyond your boundaries, and strive for more. I have only met one person who does not like this book, and that is my wife, as she is pissed off that I am away most weekends enjoying this amazing book!

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  4. Suraiya (verified owner)

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  5. Ben Grove-White (verified owner)

    Awesome book!

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  6. Konstantin C. (verified owner)

    Been waiting to get my hands on this for awhile now. Thanks for re-publishing. While some of the approach info is outdated, there’s enough in here to keep any weekend adventurer occupied for at least 3 seasons. Thank you Matt.

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  7. Lilly (verified owner)

    Haven’t been on any hikes because of this book yet (I’ve already done some but I got the book in shoulder season) but am super excited for all the trips I can now plan because of this book. So happy I managed to get my hands on a copy of it!

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  8. Joe Barnwell (verified owner)

    Just dreaming so far, but the guide looks great.

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  9. Melissa (verified owner)

    I’ve used many hiking books since moving to BC, and Scrambles is by far the best one. Thank you Matt Gunn for making it!

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  10. Aaron M (verified owner)

    I have lived and hiked in southwest BC for 35 years yet had never heard of many of these places in the book. This book has opened up a whole new World for me. The descriptions are detailed, easy to follow, and easy to read. Fantastic resource and extremely well organized content. Easily worth the money!!

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  11. Anonymous (verified owner)

    An excellent book — a treasure among BC’s alpine resources

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  12. Stephen Collins (verified owner)

    Beautiful book am extremely happy with it – thank you!

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  13. Mark T. (verified owner)

    An excellent guidebook with meticulous attention to detail. Highly recommended.

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  15. Joan H. (verified owner)

    Actually a gift for my son, who had to return a borrowed copy to a friend. It will get used a lot.

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  16. Kevin Isherwood (verified owner)

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  17. Claire (verified owner)

    Very detailed route descriptions and photos made it really easy to follow on my journey into scrambling! Thanks. Awesome.

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  18. Maxwell Reilly (verified owner)

    Killer Guidebook. The bible of scrambles in BC. I’ve done 4 already. Worth the purchase to make weekend scrambling accessible without planning too far in advance.

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  21. Lucas G. (verified owner)

    My favourite book 🙂

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  22. Anonymous (verified owner)

    A great guidebook. And it’s a classic. Some descriptions are a bit brief, but there’re lots of information available to supplement that. I had already recommended it to several friends.

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