Prominent Climbers ‘Petrified’ with Future of Murrin Park

Hanna Lalonde and Michelle de Leon / October 28, 2019

Views from The Stawamus Chief, a popular hike in Squamish.

(Source: Files from Hanna Lalonde)

Sectors of Murrin Provincial Park are being given back to Squamish Nation. Murrin Provincial Park features the Petrifying Wall – and it lives up to the name. The granite stretch of rocks reaches vertically towards the sky and features steep crags. The wall is a must-climb for enthusiasts and locals. 

The B.C. province is returning parts of the land to Squamish Nation, trading the terrain for Indiginous support for the Woodfibre LNG project. In letters written to Squamish Council, several members of the climbing community claim they weren’t consulted about this decision. Sarah Plank, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation liaison, refutes these claims.

“Before any land transfers are finalized, all stakeholders – including industry, permit and tenure holders, local government, recreational users and the public  will have opportunities to provide comment and feedback.” – Sarah Plank, Communications Director in the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Steven Swenson, an American Climber,  wrote to Squamish City Council saying this could impact tourism in the area. 

“This crag is visited by several thousand climbers each year, and this land transfer will result in an uncertain future for this very important recreational asset.” – Steve Swenson, Climber.

There is no word yet on what Squamish Nations plans to do with the lands.