Marc Bourdon was born in St. Catherine’s, Ontario in 1969. He moved west with his family when he was twelve years old and soon began nurturing what would eventually become a lifelong interest in outdoor recreation. In 1989, he relocated to Vancouver to attend UBC and joined the Varsity Outdoor Club, intent on learning to rock climb. His first route was Easter Island (5.8) in the Smoke Bluffs and he spent many sunny weekends thereafter travelling to Squamish to climb, much to the detriment of his grade point average.
While at university, he met his future wife, Pamela, and they settled in Squamish two years later to enjoy the region’s outdoor sports. Since that initial move, Marc has authored six guidebooks to the Squamish area and has spent hundreds of days climbing, teaching and guiding in the Smoke Bluffs.
Marc’s favourite routes in the Bluffs include Supervalue (10c), Flying Circus (10a), The Great Unknown (12a) and pretty much every pitch at Penny Lane. These days, he’s thoroughly enjoying teaching his 9-year-old daughter, Elise, to climb on the local crags and boulders. His other interests include skiing, hiking, photography and good movies. He hopes you enjoy your time in Squamish.