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Sacred stories of mythical battles part of climbing B.C.’s Stawamus Chief

Stawamus Chief near Squamish, BC. Photo: 604

Stawamus Chief near Squamish, BC. Photo: 604

by Geordon Omand, CTV News/The Canadian Press, September 21, 2015

SQUAMISH, B.C. — The Stawamus Chief on Canada’s West Coast is a world-renowned rock-climbing destination known for its beautiful multi-pitch routes and unrivalled crack-climbing pitches.

But many visiting outdoor enthusiasts are unaware that the iconic granite monolith also carries the scars of a legendary battle.

The region’s Squamish people tell of the mythical hero Xwech’taal vanquishing the double-headed sea serpent Sinulhkay before uniting the Squamish Nation. Read the rest of this entry