New surprises for the 2nd annual Defying Gravity bouldering comp and social!

It’s baaaaaack…. based on the overwhelming interest, support and fun people had with last year’s first-ever Defying Gravity bouldering competition and social, we’re bringing it back again for this year. There’s going to be more challenges and games that’ll make this “not-your-average” and most unique climbing comp of the year in Metro Vancouver!

It’s going to be social. It’s going to be about teamwork. It’s going to be a wicked time… Register as a team or sign up on your own (we’ll put you on a team) and face off against other teams with new boulder problems to try and our spicy-constructed team challenges.

This event is for everyone in a fun, relaxed, and supportive environment… If you’ve never climbed in a comp situation and want to give it a try, this is for you. If you’ve had some comp experience, this will be something that you’ve never seen before where you’ll have to trust your instincts, close your eyes, leap and hope you picked the right teammates 🙂


Defying Gravity – Climb together, fall together, stay together.
Date: Saturday, June 16th, 2018
Time: 10am – 10pm
Price: $25 per person

The Rules

  1. Climb as a team
    • Come up with your own three-person team.
    • You can also sign up as an individual… let us know when registering for the event and we’ll organize you to be on a team.
    • All ages from 10 and up are welcome to join!
  2. Earn points as a team by climbing boulder problems and taking part in our team challenges
  3. The most points for all rounds gets your team to the finals – We’ll have a finals for the top 5 teams from all three team categories (Novice, Advanced, and Experts).
  4. Win the finals. Get an award, the glory, and, more importantly, the bragging rights!

Event Program

Coming soon!


Coming soon!

Deadline to register: June 11th, 2018

Sign up to the Facebook event to get updates, ask questions and hang out!

Sign up to the Facebook event to get updates, ask questions and hang out!


Get a jump on summer!

Our popular summer camps are back! These combo climbing camps have become a staple and the standard response to “what should I do with my kids?” that parents often ask themselves as summer approaches.

This summer we’ll be offering our always fun and adventurous half-day climbing fundamentals camp, our rockin’ rad cycling camp with iRide/Cycling BC, and our jolly jumping gymnastics camp with Club Aviva.

Pick a camp (or two)… just remember to sign up fast as spaces are limited!


Half-day Climbing Fundamentals

Increase the fun this summer and find excitement and adventure with our awesome Summer Break Camps. Our program covers the basics of setting up and managing climbing safety systems, and provides instruction and coaching on the basics of climbing movement. Each day’s lesson features fun games and activities that help anchor new skills. Our coaches will inspire and challenge campers to reach their full potential and climb with confidence!

Camp Details

  • Ages: 7 – 15 years old
  • Cost $225 + GST
  • Time: 9am to 1pm


  • Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 3: July 23-27, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 4: July 30-Aug 3, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 5: Aug 13-17, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 6: Aug 20-24, 2018 (Mon-Fri)

Register here: https://www.climbbase5.com/book/summer-break-camp-2018

Climbing + Cycling Camp

Our week-long full day summer camp offers a great introduction to climbing and multi-discipline biking. This camp combines both indoor and outdoor activities and partners with Cycling BC’s iRide program.

We’ve partnered with Cycling BC’s iRide program to provide a week-long full-day biking & rock climbing camp that offers a fun, safe, educational and exciting introduction to rock-climbing and multi-discipline biking.

Each day participants will start with a iRide cycling session and learn how to ride a velodrome bicycle, learn BMX jumps and perfect their mountain bike skills. In the afternoon, participants will be learning how to belay, top-rope and climb faster than ever before at Climb Base5. Each day includes 3hrs of cycling and 3hrs of rock climbing.

Camp Details

  • July 30th – August 3rd, 2018
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • $319 + GST
  • Ages: 9 – 12 years old
  • Participants ability: Level 4 and 5
  • All equipment provided
  • Drop-off at Climb Base5 each day at 9am
  • Pick-up at Climb Base5 each day at 330pm
  • Pre- and post-care is available (Pre-care is from 8am to 9am ($30 for the week) / Post-care is from 330pm to 5pm ($30 for the week).

Register here: https://www.climbbase5.com/book/iride-camp

Climbing + Gymnastics Camp

Open to children ages 7 – 14, this weekly 9:00am-3:30pm combo camp will have participants climbing and bouncing all over. Participants will spend half the day (3 hours) with Club Aviva playing games, doing crafts, and learning gymnastics skills and the other half the day (3 hours) with Climb Base5 learning rock climbing techniques, belaying and playing games.

Please bring a lunch and two snacks. Lunch will be from 12:00 – 12:30 and there will be two snack breaks.

Both Club Aviva and Climb Base5 have friendly and experienced certified instructors that are eager and excited to teach your children in a fun, safe, unique environment!

Camp Details

  • Ages: 7 – 14 years old
  • Price: $349 + GST per week
  • Time: 9am to 3:30pm
  • Week 1: July 9-13, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 2: July 16-20, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 3: July 23-27, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 4: July 30-Aug 3, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 6: Aug 13-17, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 7: Aug 20-24, 2018 (Mon-Fri)

To register, please visit Club Aviva’s registration page.

















Be the best climber you can be with Anna Lee

We’re excited to announce that Anna Lee (McColl) will be joining the Climb Base5 team to run a unique course for adult beginner and intermediate climbers!

Anna will be bringing her talents and skills as a climber, instructor, baker and mother of 4-time Overall World Climbing Champion Sean McColl to help adult climbers (ages 40+) improve on their climbing movement, strength, and endurance, as well as to foster friendships, provide resources and build the community.


Since climbing at The Edge in the late 90’s, Anna considers climbing one of her many passions. In the last 20 years she’s climbed both indoors and outdoors around the world, judged climbing competitions at the local, national and international level, coached children and adults in climbing fundamentals, and, most importantly, supplied climbers, judges, route setters, gym owners and parents around the world with her amazing baked snacks and goodies!

She’s mainly a rope climber these days, trains in the gym and climbs outside when she can… she also likes bouldering, but (like some of us) doesn’t like the coming/jumping down. Not only does she want to share her love of climbing, but she’s also educated and experienced in maintaining good physical and mental health. Anna has a background in nursing and human kinetics and has worked as a nurse in hospital, community health, and palliative care settings for over 25 years.

“Anna brings to this program miles of climbing and life experience which will enable her to share her love of climbing in a safe, supportive, educational, exciting and loving way.” – Daniel Poggi, Climb Base5 Owner


Climbing is my escape… Climb Base5 is where I feel like I’m part of a community.

He’s loyal, passionate, cares for the local climbing community, and is living a climber’s life – meet Climb Base5 community member and ambassador Julian Fok who embodies our philosophy to learn, grow, have fun and inspire!

Originally from Toronto, Julian grew up in BC and had plans to do something with his Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology degree. Instead, when the weather is right, he’s now living in a van to take advantage of his love of climbing and the outdoors… and he’s able to do it because he’s a talented freelance photographer and videographer. We’re jealous!

How did you get to live out Peter Parker’s life?
When I was studying Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at university, I was doing part-time photography on the side. I ended up following the photography career path, and my studies became my hobby. Nowadays, I’m a freelance photographer and videographer based out of New Westminster. The flexible schedule gives me many opportunities to travel and climb.


Adjusting your lifestyle around climbing must mean that you’ve been doing it for a while?

Actually I only started climbing in 2016 when I went with a friend to Climb Base5 using his guest pass. A few days later, I got myself a membership, and the rest is history… I used to play football and ice hockey (goaltender), but ever since I got into climbing, I’ve been exclusive to it. Since then I’ve continued to sport climb and boulder indoors and outdoors, been able to send V6, and even traveled to Yosemite, Zion National Park, Leavenworth Banff, Skaha, and of course Squamish to climb. I haven’t done it yet, but I’d love to climb The Chief!


Sounds like you’ve been able to do the two things you love…

If I’m not climbing, I’m probably shooting, editing or traveling. If I’m not working or traveling, I’m climbing. Either way I try to combine and learn from both. My job is quite physically demanding. It doesn’t sound like much, but gripping a 5-pound camera and taking steady shots is like holding a pinch and locking off. Do that over a full day shoot, and I feel the pump just the same. It also doesn’t hurt that I can climb up and get different vantage points than others as well. If I fall, please catch my camera.

Climbing is my escape… Climb Base5 is where I feel like I’m part of a community.


Follow Julian (@julianfok) or see how he lives a climber’s life (@vanlifevancouver) on Instagram. You can also get in touch with him on Facebook (@JulianFokProductions) or through his website.

This is part of a series to profile members of the Climb Base5 community and why they climb (#WhyIClimb).

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Andrew Wilson appointed as interim National Coach for CEC

Climb Base5’s Head Coach Andrew Wilson has been appointed as interim National Coach for Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC).

Andrew’s experience and results as a coach in Canada are well known to the climbing community and involve developing world class athletes such as Open Performance Team member and 2017 Canadian triple crown champion Alannah Yip and 4-time Overall World Climbing Champion Sean McColl.

At Climb Base5, Andrew has been developing the next generation of Canadian climbers with his vision and dedication through the Climb4Life youth development program.

“Interim National Coach is an incredible accomplishment for Andrew and the entire community. Not only is it because of all the hard work and commitment, but it’s from the love for the development of the sport and, more importantly, the development of athletes into incredible human beings,” says Climb Base5 owner Daniel Poggi.

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From left: Alannah Yip, Andrew Wilson, Sean McColl

The interim position will involve Andrew overseeing, together with CEC’s High Performance Director Jeff Thompson and the High Performance Committee, all aspects of the National Team Program. This includes reviewing policies, procedures, rules and regulations that govern the High Performance program, as well as working with the personal coaches for all National team athletes on their training programs.

“I am extremely happy that Andrew has accepted my invitation to fill the National Coach position. I needed someone in that role who has an extensive and proven track record of producing Podium athletes. Andrew’s success over many years has shown to me that he has the knowledge and skills the CEC needs at this critical juncture in our development. He is not only one of the best climbing coaches I have ever met, but also one of the best overall coaches I have ever seen in any sport,” says Thomson.

Andrew will also act as the interim coach up to and including the IFSC World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, from 6 – 16 September 2018. Following the World Championships and a review, the position of National Coach will be open to all applicants with a view to hiring a full time person.