(LIST OF CLIMBS + SHORT REPORTS)
Elev: 100-2,000 ft / 30-600 m
Rock Type: Granite
 
2006 - 2019
 

SQUAMISH Climbing


Squamish is a world-class climbing destination, featuring everything from cragging to 1000-foot multipitch granite climbing right off the road. Squamish is a mere 2 hour drive from my home, and I try to make it my go-to (whenever it's dry) weekend destination in the spring. Even so, I've only scratched the surface there.

The Grand Wall on The Chief, one of THE routes at Squamish.

 
Left: View towards Squamish from high up on the Chief (taken on 2007 climb of The Grand Wall).
Right: One of many Squamish crack pitches (do you recognize this popular crack climb?).

This page gives a list of all of the climbs I've done at Squamish. After the list, I have nearly a dozen short trip reports from some of the longer climbs I’ve done in Squamish. (My "rule" is that I write a trip report if the climb goes to the top of The Chief or the top of one of the major walls on the Chief). Of course, there are hundreds of awesome climbs at Squamish that do not involve topping out on the The Chief. The end of the page contains some random photos from other climbs I've done at Squamish.



List of Multi-Pitch Climbs I've done at Squamish
(with links to selected trip reports on this page) 

(Alphabetical order)
(trip reports for ones with photo) ROUTE/LINK DIFFICULTY AREA

On the Chief:
   =Grand Wall area
   
=The Apron, Squamish Buttress, Echelon Wall
   =The Bulletheads, Tantalus Wall, Western Dihedrals, Above Bellygood Ledge area, The Solarium
   =The North Walls, Angel's Crest, Sheriff's Badge
Not on the Chief:
   =Slhanay/Squaw
   =The Malamute, The Papoose, Shannon Falls
   =Fluffy Kitten Wall
DATE CLIMBED

Color-coded: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter

 
APRON TO FIRST PEAK LINK-UP: Rambles + Diedre + Boomstick Crack + (lower) Squamish Buttress + The Butt Lite 5.8, 4p + 5.8, 6p + 5.7, 2p + 5.9, 3p + 5.9, 3p The Apron to Squamish Buttress area
MAY
11
2019

 TR #: 343
APRON TO FIRST PEAK LINK-UP: Rock On + Squamish Buttress 5.10c, 4p + 5.10c, 5p The Apron to Squamish Buttress area 
MAY
14
2016

 TR #: 220
APRON TO FIRST PEAK LINK-UP: St. Vitus' Dance / South Arete + Karen's Math + Memorial Crack + Squamish Buttress 5.10a, 3p + 5.9, 3p + 5.10a, 1p + 5.9, 1p + 5.10c, 5p The Apron to Squamish Buttress area
JUNE
4
2017

 TR #: 247
APRON TO SECOND PEAK LINK-UP: Banana Peel, Boomstick Crack, Ultimate Everything 5.7, 8p + 5.7, 2p +
5.9 A0, 10p
The Apron to Echelon Wall
JUNE
11
2006

  TR #: 24
 
BASE TO SECOND PEAK: Angel's Crest 5.10b, 13p Angel's Crest area
MAY
31
2014

 TR #: 165
MAY
12
2019

 TR #: 344
MAY
19
2019

 TR #: 345
 

Banana Peel 5.7, 8p The Apron June 2006

Birds of Prey 5.10b, 6p Slhanay/Squaw  May 2017

Blazing Saddles 5.10b, 2p Sheriff's Badge June 2016

Boomstick Crack 5.7, 2p The Apron June 2006, May 2019
BASE TO SECOND PEAK LINK-UP: Borderline + (upper) Angel's Crest 5.10d, 6p + 5.10a, 7p Sheriff's Badge to Angel's Crest area
MAY
29
2017

 TR #: 246

Bottom Line, The 5.9, 3p The Apron  June 2014

Bulletheads East 5.10b/c, 4p The Bulletheads June 2014, June 2017

Butt Lite, The (aka The Butt Face) 5.9, 3p Squamish Buttress area May 2019
 

Calculus Crack 5.8, 6p The Apron June 2016

Chewbacca 5.10-, 3p Shannon Falls May 2018
 

Diedre 5.8, 6p The Apron May 2006, May 2019
 

Enlightened 5.10c, 3p The Solarium May 2007, May 2017

Exasperator 5.10c, 2p Grand Wall base area Sept 2006, May 2015, June 2017
 
BASE TO BELLYGOOD LEDGE: 
Grand Wall, The
5.11a A0, 10p
Grand Wall area 
MAY
11
2007

  TR #: 42
JUNE
7
2014

 TR #: 166
MAY
7
2016

 TR #: 219

Great Drain, The (+10c slab traverse and last pitch of The Great Game) 5.10b (10c), 3p (5p) Slhanay/Squaw  May 2019

Great Game, The 5.10d, 4p Slhanay/Squaw  May 2016

Grub Street Complex 5.10c, 4p The Malamute June 2016
 

Hairpin 5.10a, 5p
The Papoose  May 2016

High Plains Drifter 5.11c, 2p Angel's Crest area May 2019
 

Long Time No See 5.9, 9p The Apron May 2019
 
BASE TO TOP OF TANTALUS WALL: Milk Road 5.10d A0, 9p Tantalus Wall 
MAY
31
2015

 TR #: 187

Milk Run 5.10c A0, 4p
Tantalus Wall  May 2007
 
BASE TO THIRD PEAK LINK-UP: New Life + Parallel Passages 5.11b, 5p / 5.10b, 6p The North Walls
AUG
15
2018

 TR #: 311
 

Over the Rainbow 5.10a, 6p The Apron  June 2014
 

Parallel Passages (Pitches 5-10) 5.10b, 6p The North Walls Aug 2018

Peasant's Route 5.10c, 6p Grand Wall base area  June 2017
 

Quagmire Crack link-up (Canadian Compromise + Quagmire Crack + Jacob's Other Ladder) 5.10c, 3p The Malamute Apr 2019
 

Rambles 5.8, 4p The Apron May 2019

Read Between the Lines 5.10-, 5p The Apron May 2019

Right Wing 5.10d, 4-6p Slhanay/Squaw  Aug 2018

Rock On 5.10c, 4p The Apron May 2016
 

Skywalker 5.8, 5p Shannon Falls May 2018

Slot Machine 5.9, 2p The Bulletheads June 2014

Snake  5.9, 5p The Apron May 2014

Squamish Buttress 5.10c, 5p Squamish Buttress area  May 2016, June 2017, May 2019

St. Vitus' Dance / South Arete 5.10a, 3p + 5.9, 3p The Apron June 2017

Sunblessed 5.10b, 4p The Solarium May 2007, May 2017
BASE TO BELLYGOOD LEDGE: Sunset Strip 5.10d, 12p Western Dihedrals
MAY
30
2015

 TR #: 186
BASE TO FIRST PEAK LINK-UP: Sunset Strip + Upper Black Dyke + Mr. Ciechanowski + Ladies First 5.10d, 12p + 5.10b, 4p + 5.10a, 1p + 5.10a, 1p Western Dihedrals to above Bellygood Ledge area
MAY
4
2019

 TR #: 342

Sunshine Breakfast 5.9, 3p The Solarium May 2017
 

Ultimate Everything 5.10b or 5.9 A0, 10p
Echelon Wall June 2006

Unfinished Symphony 5.11b, 5p
The Apron May 2007

Upper Black Dyke, The 5.10b, 4p Above Bellygood Ledge area May 2019

Upper Tantalus Wall 5.11b A0, 4p
Tantalus Wall  May 2007
 
Wonderful Thing About Tiggers, The 5.11a or 5.10c A0, 7p Fluffy Kitten Wall 
JULY
30
2017

 TR #: 257


List of Single-Pitch Climbs I've done at Squamish

(Alphabetical order)
ROUTE DIFFICULTY AREA

Color-coded: 
   
=The Apron (the Chief)
   =Campground Wall,
Above Bellygood Ledge area

   =The Malamute,
Murrin Park,
The Papoose,
Shannon Falls

   =Slhanay/Squaw
   =Smoke Bluffs
   =Chek Canyon
DATE CLIMBED

Color-coded: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
 
A Little Testis 5.10c, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
A Pitch in Time (+10d extension) 5.10d, 1p Campground Wall May 2019
Asleep at the Wheel 5.8, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
 
Backslapper Crack 5.10c, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2018
Black Butterfly 5.9, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Blast-off 5.11a, 1p Cheakamus Canyon Feb 2006
Burgers and Fries 5.7, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2006, Jan 2019
Burning Down the Couch 5.11+ or 5.9 A0, 1p Murrin Park  Sept 2017
Buster 5.7, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
 
Call any Vegetable (right finish) 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
Canadian Compromise 5.10a, 1p The Malamute Apr 2019
Cat Crack 5.7+, 1p Smoke Bluffs Aug 2005
Catch Me 5.10a, 1p Smoke Bluffs Jan 2019
Catch Me Quicker 5.10b, 1p Smoke Bluffs Jan 2019
Cider Crack 5.10a, 1p The Malamute June 2016
Clandestine Affair 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2018
Cold Comfort 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2016
Cornflakes 5.7, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2018,
Apr 2019
Curly 5.9, 1p The Malamute June 2016
Currently Coagulating 5.11a, 1p Cheakamus Canyon June 2006
 
Dark Don't Lie 5.11a, 1p Cheakamus Canyon June 2018
Dr. Watts 5.10b, 1p Shannon Falls May 2018
Dusty Eyes 5.4, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2006, Jan 2019
 
Erica 5.10b, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2018
EPB 5.10a, 1p Shannon Falls May 2018
 
First Class 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs Mar 2019
Flying Circus 5.10a, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2018
 
Genesis 5.10a, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Geniside 5.10b, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Geritol 5.10c, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
Giddy Up 5.10+, 1p Cheakamus Canyon June 2006
Gift, The 5.6, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2018
GMB, The 5.10a, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2018
Grub Street 5.11a, 1p The Malamute June 2016
 
Heavenly Ladder 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
Heavy Petting Action 5.10b, 1p Murrin Park  Sept 2017
High Mountain Woody 5.9, 1p The Malamute June 2016
 
Id, The Wizard of 5.10c, 1p The Malamute Apr 2019
 
Jacob's Other Ladder 5.8, 1p The Malamute Apr 2019
Jump to Light Speed 5.10c, 1p Shannon Falls May 2018
 
Kangaroo Corner 5.11a, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
Karen's Math 5.10a, 1p The Apron  June 2016, June 2017
Kigijiushi 5.10c, 1p Cheakamus Canyon June 2006, June 2018
 
Ladies First 5.10a, 1p The Raven's Castle (above Bellygood) May 2019
Lieback Flake 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2018,
Apr 2019
Loony Fringe 5.10c, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2018
Low Impact 5.10a, 1p Cheakamus Canyon June 2006
 
MCM 5.6, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
Memorial Crack 5.9, 1p The Apron June 2017
Mercury Vapour 5.10a, 1p
The Papoose  May 2016
More than Just a Pretty Face 5.10c, 1p Murrin Park  Sept 2017
Mosquito 5.8, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2014, Mar 2019
Move It On Over 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs Jan 2019
Mushroom 5.9, 1p
The Papoose  May 2016
Mr. Ciechanowski 5.10a, 1p The Penthouse (above Bellygood) May 2019
 
Neat and Cool 5.10a, 1p Smoke Bluffs Aug 2005, May 2018, 
Apr 2019
No-see-um 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs Mar 2019
 
Octopus' Garden in the Shade 5.8, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
Old Style 5.9, 1p The Malamute June 2016
 
Partners in Crime 5.11a, 1p Smoke Bluffs Jan 2019, 
Apr 2019
Paul's Crack 5.10a, 1p The Malamute June 2016
Peaches and Cream 5.10b, 1p Smoke Bluffs Jan 2019
Penny Lane 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2006, May 2018
Phlegmish Dance 5.8, 1p Smoke Bluffs Mar 2019
Picket Line 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2016, June 2018
Point Blank 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs Mar 2019
Pop Eye and the Raven 5.10c, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2018
Poultry in Motion 5.10d, 1p Shannon Falls May 2018
Power Windows 5.11a, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2018
 
Quagmire Crack 5.10c, 1p The Malamute Apr 2019
Quarryman 5.8, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2018
 
Rainy Day Dream Away 5.10c, 1p Campground Wall May 2019
Reacharound, The 5.9, 1p Murrin Park  Sept 2017
Road Rash 5.10d, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Rosebud (Pitch 1) 5.10c, 1p The Malamute June 2016
 
Sammy's Frog 5.10c, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
Savage Beagle 5.10a, 1p Cheakamus Canyon June 2018
Seam of Destiny 5.10b, 1p Smoke Bluffs Mar 2019
Short and Sweet 5.10a, 1p Smoke Bluffs Jan 2019
Skank 5.11b, 1p Cheakamus Canyon June 2006
Slap and Tickle 5.10b, 1p The Malamute June 2016
Sloppy Gordie 5.10b, 1p Campground Wall May 2019
S-M's Delight 5.10b, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2014, Mar 2019
Sphinx'ter Quits 5.8, 1p Smoke Bluffs Mar 2019
Split Beaver 5.10b, 1p Smoke Bluffs Apr 2019
Squatter's Rights 5.7, 1p Smoke Bluffs Mar 2019
Supernatural (Pitch 1) 5.10a, 1p Slhanay/Squaw May 2019
Supervalue 5.10c, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2018
 
Totally Clips 5.10b, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Twenty-Minute Workout 5.10b, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2018
 
Ugly American, The 5.10b, 1p Smoke Bluffs Jan 2019
Under the Mercy 5.9, 1p The Malamute June 2016
Unknown just above Petrifying Wall (left mantle) 5.10c, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Unknown just above Petrifying Wall (center sport) 5.10c, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Unknown just above Petrifying Wall (right crack) 5.10c, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Up from the Bog 5.8, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Up, Up, and Away 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2018
 
Wicker Cranium 5.9, 1p Murrin Park Apr 2019
Wisecrack 5.7, 1p Smoke Bluffs June 2006
Witch Doctor's Apprentice 5.9, 1p Smoke Bluffs May 2018
World's Toughest Milkman, The 5.9, 1p Murrin Park  Sept 2017


And here are trip reports for about a dozen of the longer climbs I've done at Squamish. (My "rule" for Squamish is that I write a trip report if the climb goes to the top of The Chief). Of course, there are hundreds of awesome climbs at Squamish that do not involve topping out on the The Chief. The end of the page contains some random photos from other climbs I've done at Squamish.

The Apron to Echelon Wall, The CHIEF
Route: APRON TO SECOND PEAK LINK-UP: Banana Peel + Boomstick Crack + Ultimate Everything 
(Banana Peel: 8 pitches: 5.4, 5th, 5.5, 5.7, 5.4, 5.7, 5.4, 5.4;  Boomstick Crack: 2 pitches: 5.7, 5.5;  Ultimate Everything: 10 pitches: 10a, 5.7, 5.9, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.7, 5.9, 5.6, 10b or 5.9 A0) 

Date: June 11, 2006       Partner: Jason Cullum

The upper half of the 20-pitch Ultimate Everything link-up to the top of the Chief.
Brief trip report: 
With the rain of BC, I had not been able to do much climbing in nearby Squamish, so the first decent weekend my friend and I made the 2 hour drive to the Chief, with plans to climb the Ultimate Everything, a 20-pitch link-up the left of the Chief. The route began with the slabby gear route called Banana Peel (5.6) on the Apron, then jumped onto the fun 2-pitch Broomstick Crack (5.7), and then followed a trail to the beginning of the final 10 pitches to the summit. These pitches ranged from 5.7 to 5.9, and were a mix of gear and bolts. A couple of the pitches were pretty wet still, making climbing interesting. The final pitch had an 11b move that we aided (ie. pulled on a draw) to get past, although given fresh fingers, a few tries, a bit of thought, and no heavy pack, I think I could do this move clean. Next objective up the Chief: the Grand Wall....

Interesting note: When I read this trip report several years later, I had to smile, because in my last statement I was joking at the idea of climbing the Grand Wall anytime soon. But I ended up climbing it just a year later, thanks to a superstar partner who led the whole thing.

Photos:
a.    
b.    
c.    
d.    
e.    
f.    
g.    
h.    
Photo descriptions:
a. Starting up Banana Peel at dawn. This photo makes it look way steeper than it actually is.
b. Slabs!
c. Boomstick Crack.
d. Hiking between top of Apron and base of Ultimate Everything.
e. Jason leading the 2nd pitch of Ultimate Everything (5.7 wet gully).
f. Beginning the 4th pitch of Ultimate Everything.
g. Bolted dike of 7th pitch of Ultimate Everything.
h.
Pretty view from the top of the Second Peak.



Grand Wall area, The CHIEF
Route: BASE TO BELLYGOOD LEDGE: The Grand Wall   (10 pitches: 10b, 10b, 5.8, 5.9, 10b A0, 10b, 11a A0, 11a, 10b, 10c)    

Date: May 11, 2007       Partner: Ross Peritore
Date: June 7, 2014       Partners: Tobias Tillemans, Jessica Todd, Geoff Georges
Date: May 7, 2016      Partner: John Plotz
Trip report: 

The first recorded rock climbs on The Chief were done in the late 50’s, but it was not until 1961 that the Grand Wall was finally climbed by Jim Baldwin and Ed Cooper in an epic 40 day siege. Since then, the Grand Wall has become THE route on the Chief. It has is all: perfect rock, great setting, runout slab, stellar crack, strenuous laybacking, delicate face, and many variations. I first climbed The Grand Wall in May 2007 with my friend Ross, and finally got a chance to climb it again seven years in June 2014 with my friends Tobias, Jessica, and Geoff (as two rope teams) and then again in 2016 with John Plotz (the route seemed harder the third time, which was pretty humbling). The following description contains my original 2007 trip report, where I've added some some photos, notes, and an improved route overlay from my subsequent climbs. (The 2014 and 2016 additions are in blue.)

A couple of random words of advice on this route: Advice #1: Start early or late to avoid crowds. In 2007, we started up at 10:49 am and never encountered another party on our pitches. In 2014, we arrived at the base of the route at 8 am, as did two other parties. Murphy's Law dictates that the first party on the route is usually not the fastest. Also, the Split Pillar and Sword slow even competent parties down. We ended up sitting at chilly belays for a few hours worth before we got to the Split Pillar. We could have started at 11 am and topped out at the same time. In 2016, we arrived at the base around 7 am and were the first party on route. Three other parties climbed the route that day. Advice #2: We did not bring a #4 cam and determined we never really needed it. But bring at least two #3 cams, or three if you don't want to walk your cams too much on the Split Pillar (this is the pitch that requires the most wide gear). 

Route overlay for The Grand Wall (created in 2007).
Route overlay for The Grand Wall (created in 2014).


A pitch-by-pitch description of The Grand Wall is below, with photos from my 2007 and 2014 climbs.

2007 Climb Pitch-by-Pitch Description 2014 Climb
(some 2016 photos as well)
Getting the gear ready, stalling to maximize our time in the sun.

Beta photo: the first half of the route as seen from the base.

PITCH 0 - Getting to the base

difficulty: easy if you stick to the trail

• start time: 10:49 am (2007)

We slept in until 8am, and spent a leisurely morning reading in lawn chairs in the sun outside a local coffee shop. It was sunny, but the air temperature was cool, and we knew the sun wouldn't hit the route until around 1pm. By mid-morning the caffeine began to kick in and off we headed to tackle the Grand Wall. There were 2 parties ahead of us on the route. One party was already at the top of the Split Pillar when we began to organize our gear – must have been a cold start for them!

The Split Pillar, Sword, and Perry's Layback as seen from the base of the route.
A pumpy and fun warm up pitch to begin the route.

PITCH 1 - Apron Strings I

• difficulty: 5.10b

• start time: 11:24 am (2007)

There are several variations of the first half of the route up to the Split Pillar. We chose to link up Apron Strings (a fun 2-pitch 10b) and Merci Me (a 2-pitch 5.8 on a dike) and traverse under a roof to the base of the Split Pillar.

The first pitch of Apron Strings is a rather pumpy laybacking start on a stellar 10b crack/flake.

Geoff, the master stuck-gear-cleaner.
This one had been in there awhile.
Ross leading up the second pitch of Apron Strings, the first of the many right-facing corners.

PITCH 2 - Apron Strings II

• difficulty: 5.10b

• start time: 11:50 am (2007)

The second pitch of Apron Strings is another 10b crack up to a tree belay, quite cruiser now that we were warmed up.

Great climbing.
The anchors on the route are all bolted, which makes for quick transitions and allows for possible bailing if needed.
In this photo, the Split Pillar is on the right, just left and up of the tree. Pitch 5 involves a short section of A0 aid to reach the belay near the tree.

PITCH 3 - Merci Me I

• difficulty: 5.8

• start time: 12:15 pm (2007)

From the top of Apron Strings, we climbed the first 1.5 pitches of Merci Me, splitting off halfway through the second pitch to traverse rightwards towards the Split Pillar. Merci Me follows a runout bolted 5.8 dike with several face holds.

Easy face climbing, but runout! Runout is not my style...
Ross at the chains below the roof. A bit chilly in the shade.

PITCH 4 - Merci Me II

• difficulty: 5.9

• start time: 12:40 pm (2007)

The first half of this pitch followed the bolted dike of Merci Me, and then split off to the right to traverse to a chain anchor at the base of the obvious roof. This traverse was conveniently wet and slimy at the crux reachy 5.9 move right before the anchor.

Jessica making the final rather committing traverse step to the anchor. It's often a bit wet here.
An airy traverse of steep flakes starts off the pitch.

PITCH 5

• difficulty: 5.10b A0

• start time: 1:06 pm (2007)

From the chain anchor, we traversed down and right through some flakes, and then had to do some pulling/standing in slings on a short bolt ladder to the belay at a tree at the base of the Split Pillar. This was a fun airy traverse pitch, and good practice on my A0 aiding techniques.

Jessica just after the 10b crux.
Geoff leading the A0 bolt section. We split Pitch 5 into two sections because a backup of parties at the anchor directly below the Split Pillar.
An old piton below the Split Pillar.
Ross leading up the nearly vertical Split Pillar. What a pitch!
Steph climbing up the Split Pillar.

PITCH 6 - Split Pillar

• difficulty: 5.10b

• start time: 2:02 pm (2007)

The heart of The Grand Wall route begins with The Split Pillar, continues onto The Sword, and then to Perry’s Layback. The fame of these pitches is well deserved.

The Split Pillar is an amazing right-facing layback. Super pumpy! Ross didn’t even break a sweat though….

Geoff nearing the top of the Split Pillar.
He decided to go inside the chimney at the top, while the rest of us did an airy step to a ledge on the outside of the pillar.
The Split Pillar pitch is the wide gear-hog of the route. We had two #3 cams and one #4 cam with us. This was sufficient for the Split Pillar, with a little walking of the #3 cams. Only one #4 is needed for the route. (This photo is of my old Chouinard #3 cam, which my friend cleaned off The Nose on El Cap and sold to me, and I've since retired due to hairline fractures in the stem attachment area.)
Looking up the steep Sword pitch. Fun stuff.

PITCH 7 - The Sword

• difficulty: 5.11a A0

• start time: 2:54 pm (2007)

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the steep granite of The Sword looms above. This was another pumpy pitch. We linked this with some more A0 bolt laddering to the base of Perry’s Layback.

Geoff nearing the top of the Sword pitch. This is the technical crux pitch of the route.
Looking up at Tobias leading the bolt ladder at the top of the Sword pitch. We broke Pitch 7 into two sections because a backup at the anchor directly below Perry's Layback.
An old bolt beside the bolt ladder.
Jessica leading the bolt ladder just above the Sword. Having fun!
Another photo of Jessica leading the bolt ladder just above the Sword.
Perry's Layback. Unless you want to run it out or lug up some heavy cams, the bolts are a welcome sight. Super pumpy but fun.

PITCH 8 - Perry's Layback

• difficulty: 5.11a

• start time: 4:03 pm (2007)

And just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any more pumpy, another right facing layback appears, named after Perry Beckham who first freed this pitch in 1980 (with his ex-wife belaying, Perry drilled eight Rawls into the rock below a wide horizontal crack to protect the route and then freed the pitch, Perry’s Layback was born). There is a cool much-needed no-hands airy rest at the top of the layback, by leaning against the block at the top. The pitch ends at the flat ledge above.

Tobias on Perry's Layback (more like Perry's Giant Undercling). Although short, this is probably the most strenuous pitch of the route, especially since it occurs high on the route. The bolts are quite welcome here. 
Right and up from the flat ledge.

PITCH 9

• difficulty: 5.10b

• start time: 4:42 pm (2007)

From the flat ledge, there are a couple of variations to the next pitch. We climbed up and right on face holds and past a reachy 10b crux to the belay. It looks like it might be wet in the photo, but the pitch was almost all dry (overall, the entire route was pretty dry, with only a couple of seeping sections).

Tobias on the traverse to the right at the start of the pitch. We found the climbing on this pitch to be slightly unnerving but perhaps just because we were tired.
Nice exposure!
An old bolt on Pitch 9.
Ross climbing the tree at the beginning of the final pitch.

Ross at the end of the undercling, just before a short layback section and then overcling back left. The route tops out on Bellygood Ledge at the notch between the two trees.

PITCH 10

• difficulty: 5.10c

• start time: 5:12 pm (2007)

The final pitch below Bellygood Ledge begins with some tree-climbing (wouldn't be Squamish without a bit of tree-climbing on a route!), and then follows a 10c undercling and overcling to the top. A pretty short and fun pitch.

Tobias on the cool undercling-overcling section. The undercling portion is about 10c.
The overcling portion is a fun finish! But it seems hard for 5.7 after you've climbed the entire Grand Wall to get to it....
Bellygood Ledge. 2 feet across, 1500+ feet straight down...

Looking down at the trees 1500+ft below.

DESCENT - via Bellygood Ledge

• start time: 5:36 pm (2007)

For those with time/energy/desire, you can continue to climb a few more pitches upwards via Roman Chimneys or the Upper Black Dike, or (like most people), you can end the route here and traverse to the trail via Bellygood Ledge. This is what we chose to do since, at least to me, a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and a campfire was looking mighty appealing. Bellygood Ledge is an amazing feature cutting across the rock. It’s pretty exposed (a 50-ft section is a 2-foot ledge with sheer vertical walls on either side, protected by a bolt at either end), so a good idea to stay roped up until you reach the trail at the end.

Back to the car at 6:35 pm (2007), a little under 8 hours since we left it. What a Grand adventure! Thanks Ross for being psyched to climb it again!

Bellygood Ledge just right of the top of the Grand Wall route.
The first (of three) exposed sections on Bellygood Ledge. You can set up a tension traverse here on fixed rings on either side.
The second exposed section. Crawl or undercling.
The third exposed section. A spicy finish to a great day.



Sheriff's Badge, The CHIEF
Route: BASE TO SECOND PEAK: Angel's Crest
(Angel's Crest: 13 pitches: 10b, 10b, 10b, 5.6, 10a, 5.5, 10a, 5.9, 5.5, 5.8, 5.7, 10a, 5.8;   High Plains Drifter: 2-3 pitches: 10d, 11c, 5.6)  

Date: May 31, 2014       Partners: Jessica Todd & Geoff Georges
(Pitches 7-13:   Date: May 29, 2017     Partner: DR)
Date: May 12, 2019       Partner: Shauna Morey
Date: May 19, 2019       Partner: Joe Manning    (linked with toprope of High Plains Drifter!)

Angel's Crest in morning light, from Squamish. Photo and overlay by Steph Abegg.

Route overlay of Angel's Crest. From Squamish Rock Guides website.

High Plains Drifter as seen from Angel's Crest. You can traverse there from the top of Pitch 10 of Angel's Crest, or alternatively climb all of Angel's Crest and lower in from above (we did this on my 4th time climbing Angel's Crest, for an awesome handcrack splitter treat to cap off a great day of climbing).
Brief trip report (2014):
Angel's Crest is one of the 5-star classic moderate multipitch routes to the top of the Chief. First climbed by Fred Beckey et al in 1962, Angel's Crest is a fun and athletic adventure with a great position. This route has a lot of enjoyable moderate climbing on the crest interspersed with a few steep and cruxy sections, lush forests (how do the trees get so big on such a steep rock formation?), and comfortable belays. Despite being a group of three, we climbed relatively quickly (usually the second could tie in just shy of the middle mark, so rarely were both of the followers climbing for more than a few moves). After a late lunch of the south summit, we hiked back down towards the parking lot, taking a three hour detour to climb The Snake (6p, 5.9) sans crowds and making the day's total 19 or so pitches. Chief and a Half! 

Brief trip report (2017): 
In 2017, I climbed the upper half of Angel's Crest again, as part of a link-up with Borderline.

Brief trip report (2019 - May 12): 
Climbing a route to the top of the Chief is my favorite way to spend a day in Squamish. On this particular weekend, Shauna and I climbed to the top of the Chief on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, we climbed to the top of the First Peak via Diedre + Squamish Buttress. On Sunday, we decided to step it up a notch and climb Angel's Crest to the Second Peak. Of the two climbs, Angel's Crest was the clear winner. Even though both Shauna and I had climbed this route before, the climbing was varied, entertaining, and interspersed with challenging sections. This route is definitely one I would climb again and again. 

Brief trip report (2019 - May 19): 
On my May 12 climb of Angel's Crest, I had been drooling over the legendary splitter handcrack of High Plains Drifter across the way. You can get to High Plains Drifter by traversing and root-pulling from the top of Pitch 10 of Angel's Crest. Alternatively, you can top out on Angel's Crest and then hike a few minutes along the edge and rap the route and climb back up. There is a bolted anchor at the top of each pitch, allowing one to toprope the first two pitches from above. So exactly a week later my friend Joe and I were back to climb Angel's Crest and cap off the adventure by lowering down onto High Plains Drifter. It was every bit as awesome as it is reputed to be. Next time, ground up!

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a. Pitch 1 tree option start. (Sometime between 2014 and 2019, the tree lost a lot of its branches, so this is no longer a preferred start option to the route.)
b. Jess starting up Pitch 2 Angel Crack, the crux 10c pitch of the route.
c. Pitch 2 Angel Crack.
d. Squamish forest climbing.
e. Pitch 8, 5.9 corner.
f. Pitch 9, The Acrophobes.
g. Old bolt on top of The Acrophobes.
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A tower on the ridge. Wonder how often someone stops to climb to the top of this.

i. Pitch 12, 10a crack.
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Pitch 13, 5.8 chimney finish.

k. On top of Second Peak.

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Pitch 1 tree option start. Sometime between 2014 and 2019, the tree lost a lot of its branches, so this is no longer a preferred start option to the route.
b. Pitch 1 5.7 groove start. We went this way when we discovered the tree was no longer easily climbable.
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Pitch 2, Angel Crack, the crux 10c pitch of the route.
d. Shauna at the top of Pitch 2.
e. Pitch 3, 10a face to corner crack.
f. Pitch 5, 10a.
g. Pitch 7, 10a.
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Pitch 8, 5.9 corner. (Photo by Shauna.)

i. The totem along the forest scramble up to The Acrophobes.
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The Acrophobes, Pitch 9.

k. View of Squamish and Sound below.
l. Rappel anchor from top of The Acrophobes.
m. Pitch 11, the Whaleback.
n. Starting up Pitch 12.
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Pitch 12, 10a crack. Burley lead by Shauna!
p. Belly crawl at start of Pitch 13, 5.8 chimney to top. (Photo by Shauna.)

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a. Pitch 1, 10b option. We split this into two pitches broken by an intermediate bolted anchor.
b. Pitch 1, 10b option. This is the second half of the pitch, just above the intermediate bolted anchor.
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Pitch 2, Angel Crack. Always awesome climbing.
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Acrophobes.
e. Looking down while climbing Pitch 12. Typical Squamish foothold.
f. Looking down High Plains Drifter.
g. View of Angel's Crest from top of High Plains Drifter.
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Pitch 1 of High Plains Drifter. 10d handcrack.

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Looking down 1 of High Plains Drifter. 
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l. Exhilarating exposure on the 5.6 pitch back to the top.



Western Dihedrals, The CHIEF
Route: BASE TO BELLYGOOD LEDGE: Sunset Strip (12 pitches: 10c, 10a, 10b, 10c, 5.9, 10b, 10a, 5.8, 10d, 10a, 10d, 5.9)   

Date: May 30, 2015      Partner: Jon Pobst
Date: May 4, 2019      Partner: Braden Downey 

Western Dihedrals from the parking lot below the Grand Wall. Sunset Strip runs up the center of the photo.

Brief trip report (2015):
I'd had my eye on the 12-pitch Sunset Strip since I became aware of its existence in late 2013 (I think the route was established around this time, or perhaps the previous season). The route uses sections of other climbs, Sticky Fingers, Millennium Falcon, Crap Crags, and The Gauntlet, with about 70% new terrain to create a very direct and interesting line up the ChiefMost of the pitches are rated in the 5.10 range. I climbed the route with Jon Pobst in May 2015. We found the climbing to be more mellow than expected (not quite the  "very sustained 5.10" in the online route description and the pitches were so short it didn't feel like a 12 pitch route), but it is an excellent route and we had a fun day on the textured Squamish granite. 

Below are some photos from our climb. For more route beta and a great route topo, see http://squamishclimbingsource.com/sunset-strip/

Brief trip report (2019): 
Four years later I climbed this route again with Braden Downey, as part of an 18-pitch link-up with Upper Black Dyke and two more pitches to top out on the First Summit of The Chief. Click here to jump to that trip report.

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a. Western Dihedrals from the parking lot below the Grand Wall. Sunset Strip runs up the center of the photo. 
b. Looking up from the base of the route. 12 pitches of 5.10ish climbing ahead!
c. Jon leading off Pitch 2, a fun 10a layback.
d. Jon leading off Pitch 4, a 10c off-fingers splitter crack. We agreed that this section of climbing seemed to be the crux section of the route, harder than the supposed 10d cruxes on a couple of the other pitches.
e. Looking up Pitch 5, a 5.9 box corner. I led this pitch. Fun climbing.
f. Jon nearing the top of Pitch 7, which has a fun 10a undercling near the top of the pitch.
g. Looking down at climbers (my friends Jess and Geoff actually!) on Pitch 10. This was a splitter hand/fist crack. I walked my #4 through the first 20 feet or so until the first bolt.
h. Jon 
starting off Pitch 11, which traverses right along underclings and face holds. There is a 10d crux move right before the anchor but it didn't seem too hard. This pitch is very well bolted and the exposure is great.
i. Jon in the 5.9 chimney of Pitch 12. Jon cruised on upward. This pitch was perhaps the most difficult pitch on the route for me.
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Picturesque Squamish as seen from high on the Chief.
k. We finished off the day by doing laps on the first pitch of Exasperator, a classic finger crack test piece.
l. Shadow climbing on Exasperator.

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Tantalus Wall, The CHIEF
Route: BASE TO TOP OF TANTALUS WALL: Milk Road    (9 pitches: 5.9 A0 or 11b, 10c A0 or 11d, 10b, 10d, 10b, 5.8, 10a, 10c, 5.0)   

(Lower half only:   Date: May 12, 2007     Partner: Ross Peritore)
Date:
 May 31, 2015       Partner: Jon Pobst

Jon leading off the second pitch of Milk Run corner, which is Pitches 3-4 of Milk Road.

Brief trip report: 
I'd climbed Milk Run+Upper Tantalus Wall in 2007 with Ross Peritore. This link-up ascended the lower half of the Milk Road route and then continued up right to Upper Tantalus Wall.  The pitches up Milk Run corner had been particularly excellent, and I was always curious about the rest of the Milk Road route that continues up to the left. So for our second day of climbing in Squamish (we'd climbed Sunset Strip the previous day), Jon and I decided to climb Milk Road. Below are some photos from our climb. Jon and I found Milk Road to be a high-quality climb that involves a satisfying amount of sustained 5.10 crack climbing. We really enjoyed this route.

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a. Milk Road follows the best three pitches of Milk Run (the obvious left-facing corner in the photo) before following cracks above and a final dyke finish).
b. Looking up the route from the base. In this photo Jon is near the crux 11b (or A0) bolt-protected slab section of Pitch 1. He decided to attempt the moves free, and onsighted it. Impressive.
c. Jon leading off Pitch 2, which starts with some great climbing up an arching flake. 
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e. Looking up the Milk Run corner which comprises Pitches 3 and 4 of Milk Road. The first pitch is 10b while the second is 10d or 11a depending on the source. Excellent climbing ahead!
f. Looking down during my lead up the first Milk Run Corner pitch. 
g. Jon at the top of the first 
Milk Run Corner pitch.
h. Jon led the second 
Milk Run Corner pitch. The second corner pitch is a bit steeper than the first and even more excellent. 
i. I led the "Changing Corners" Pitch 5. It was a bit dirty but I really enjoyed the steep and juggy climbing.
j. Looking up the "Crescent Tower" chimney of Pitch 7. I had gotten into the leading mode and led this one as well. This pitch features a variety of 5.10a climbing: chimney to hand crack to finger traverse.
k. The last real pitch of the route is an airy and delicate foot traverse along a dike ("Crescent Dike"). "Spooky fun" for the leader, "this is cool! fun" for the follower.



The Apron to Squamish Buttress Area, The CHIEF
Route: APRON TO FIRST PEAK LINK-UP: Rock On (DIRECT START) + Squamish Buttress 
(Rock On: 4 pitches: 10a, 10c, 10a, 5.7;  Squamish Buttress: 5 pitches: 5.8, 5.7, 5.9, 10c, 5.6)   

Date: May 14, 2016       Partner: Jon Pobst

Overlay of our link-up. 
Brief trip report:
This link-up is a fun way to the summit of the First Peak of the Chief, involving 4 pitches of 5.10 climbing and 5 pitches of moderate (5.6-5.9) climbing. We were happy to find Rock On mostly dry, as this route is notorious for being wet in the spring.

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a. Pitch 1 of Rock On.
b. Crux 10c pitch of Rock On Direct.
c. Crux 10c pitch of Squamish Buttress.
d. Welcome to the top of the First Peak!


The Sheriff's Badge, The CHIEF 
Route: BASE TO SECOND PEAK LINK-UP:  Borderline + (UPPER) Angel's Crest
(Borderline: 6 pitches: 10b, 5.8, 10d, 10a, 10a, 10d;  Angel's Crest: Pitches 7-13: 10a, 5.9, 5.5, 5.8, 10a, 10a, 5.8)   

Date: May 29, 2017       Partner: DR
Route overlay of Borderline. Red annotations by me. Original image from Squamish Rock Guides website.

Route overlay of Angel's Crest. Red annotations by me. Original image from Squamish Rock Guides website.

Brief trip report: 
This is a great 13-pitch link-up, with half the pitches at the 5.10 level. It was a hot day, but we stayed mostly in the shade until we popped onto the South Summit at 3pm. Fun day!


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a. Looking up from base of route. A sort of grungy start to good stuff above.
b. The corner on the second half of Pitch 1.
c. 5.8 corner of Pitch 2.
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Bolted 10d face on Pitch 3.
e. Finger crack above the face on on Pitch 3.
f. Looking up the offwidth. 
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Looking down the offwidth.
h. 10d face climbing on Pitch 6

i. The end of the route at the top of Pitch 6. From here, you can either rap the route (2 ropes) or go left about 300 feet to join Angel's Crest and climb to the top of The Chief (which is what we did). 
j. The grungy 5.8 between the end of Borderline and Angel's Crest. The climbing is pretty easy and it's actually not too dirty by Squamish off-route standards.
k. The offwidth variation on Pitch 8 of Angel's Crest. Someday I'd like to climb this pitch, but it would involve lugging a #6 up the route....
l. The standard 5.9 route on Pitch 8. Good climbing.
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The Acrophobes (Pitch 9).
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The Acrophobes (Pitch 9).
o. A 10a variation on Pitch 11.
p. The steep 10a crack on Pitch 12.
q. On top!


The Apron to Squamish Buttress area, The CHIEF
Route: APRON TO FIRST PEAK LINK-UP: St. Vitus' Dance (DIRECT VARIATION) South Arete + Karen's Math  + Memorial Crack  + Squamish Buttress  
(St. Vitus' Dance: 3 pitches: 5.7, 10a, 5.8; South Arete: 3 pitches: 5.9, 5.9, 5th;  Karen's Math: 1p: 10a;  Memorial Crack: 1p: 5.9;  Squamish Buttress: 5 pitches: 5.8, 5.7, 5.9, 10c, 5.6)     

Date: June 4, 2017       Partner: Cindy Beavon
  
Overlay of our link-up.
Brief trip report: 
This link-up is a fun way to the summit of the First Peak of the Chief, involving a lot of moderate (5.7-5.9) climbing with lots of variety with the occasional challenging (5.10) section. Cindy and I had a great day.

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a. Awesome crack on Pitch 3 of St. Vitus' Dance.
b. Slabby climbing on South Arete route.
c. Unique flake feature on Karen's Math.
d. Memorial Crack.
e. The stellar 10c pitch on Squamish Buttress.
f. On top of the First Peak.


FLUFFY KITTEN Wall, Mamquam FSR
Route: The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers  
(7 pitches: 5.9, 5.8, 5.7, 10b, 10a, 11a or 10c A0, 5.9)   

Date: July 30, 2017       Partner: Chris Oleson

The 600-ft Fluffy Kitten Wall (left wall) from the road. The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers, shown in red, goes to the top.

Brief trip report: 
For some reason (perhaps the somewhat rough road — my Subaru was just find though — and 40 minute uphill approach), this route does not get much traffic. But it is a superb route, featuring 600 feet of super solid granite and well-protected splitter cracks and corners and flakes. The pitches are not strenuous or stressful, just long and enjoyable. Being north facing, it is an excellent choice for a hot summer day. Thanks Chris for responding to my MP post and climbing this route with me!


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a. To get to Fluffy Kitten Wall, drive up Mamquam FS Road and then up the road marked Stawamus Community Watershed.
b. Sign for Fluffy Kitten Wall where we parked at a large washout.
c. Rope bridge crossing creek between the road and the hillside leading up to Fluffy Kitten Wall.
d. Chris crossing the rope bridge.
e. Steep but easy-to-follow trail.
f. Fixed rope leading up to Tigger Ledge at the base of the route.
g. Chris starting off Pitch 1, which climbs the corner in the background.
h. Looking down Pitch 1.
i. Pitch 2.
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s. The final corner of Pitch 7 is kind of dirty. I think it gets runoff from above.
t. Blueberries on Pitch 7.
u. The view from the top of the route.
v. Looking down on where we parked at a large washout.



The North Walls, The CHIEF 
Route: BASE TO THIRD PEAK LINK-UP: New Life + Parallel Passages  
(New Life: 5 pitches: 10b, 11b, 10c, 11b, 10b;  Parallel Passages: Top 6 pitches: 10b A0, 10a, 10b, low 5th, 10b+10a, 10b) 

Date: August 15, 2018       Partner: Chris Cox

Route overlays for New Life + Parallel Passages.

Brief trip report: 
Chris and I combined New Life (a Top 100 climb) with the upper half of Parallel Passages (apparently the better pitches on the route, especially since the 2015 rockfall damaged the lower pitches) for a full day of climbing to the top of the North Walls. Every pitch is 5.10 or higher, with a fair bit of wide and burly climbing. Being on the shady North Walls, these routes are a great choice for a summer day. But it was an unusually humid day, so we were usually drenched in sweat by the time we finished each pitch. Still, it was an awesome day of climbing and I highly recommend this link-up.


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a. These signs were useful.
b. Looking up the start of New Life.
c. Pitch 1 of New Life.
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Pitch 2 of New Life.
e. Pitch 3 of New Life..
f. Pitch 4 of New Life..
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Pitch 5 of New Life.
h. Fixed lines between the top of New Life and Astro Ledge.
i. Pitch 5 of Parallel Passages (just above Astro Ledge).
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Pitch 7 of Parallel Passages. A #5 was nice to have on this route.
l. Pitch 8 of Parallel Passages..
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Pitch 9 of Parallel Passages.
n. Pitch 9b of Parallel Passages (we broke Pitch 9 as described in the guidebook into 2 pitches, which seemed to make sense, especially since there was a bolted anchor on a nice ledge mideay through the pitch).
o. Pitch 10 of Parallel Passages.


The CHIEF
Route: BASE TO FIRST PEAK LINK-UP:  Sunset Strip + Upper Black Dyke + Mr. Ciechanowski + Ladies First
(Sunset Strip: 12 pitches: 10c, 10a, 10b, 10c, 5.9, 10b, 10a, 5.8, 10d, 10a, 10d, 5.9;  Upper Black Dike: 4 pitches: 10a, 5.8, 10a, 10b;  Mr. Ciechanowsky: 1p: 10a;  Ladies First: 1p: 10a) 

Date: May 4, 2019       Partner: Braden Downey

Overlay of link-up.


Western Dihedrals from the parking lot below the Grand Wall. Sunset Strip runs up the center of the photo.
Brief trip report:
An 18-pitch link-up of 5.9-5.10 climbing to top out on the First Summit of the Chief! What a day. I had a blast climbing with Braden.

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a. Sunset Strip Pitch 1
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Sunset Strip Pitch 2.
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Sunset Strip Pitch 3.
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Sunset Strip Pitch 4.
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Sunset Strip Pitch 4. (Photo by Braden.)
f. Picturesque Squamish as seen from high on the Chief.
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Sunset Strip Pitch 5.
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Sunset Strip Pitch 6.
i. Pitch 7
(Note that we went up the chimney of the Millennium Falcon route on this pitch; the actual pitch of Sunset Strip is to the left of the chimney.)
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Sunset Strip Pitch 8.
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Sunset Strip Pitch 9.
l. Pitches 10-12. We did a direct finish via Europa, which goes up this crack and chimney system. Sunset Strip cuts right here for Pitches 10-12. Both Braden and I had climbed the finishing pitches to Sunset Strip before, so we decided to check out this more direct finish, which avoids the slightly daunting final chimney pitch of Sunset Strip.
m. Topping out. This is the finish of Europa. 
n. Traversing an exposed section on Bellygood Ledge on the way to the Upper Black Dyke. 
o. Pitch 13: Upper Black Dyke Pitch 1.
p. Pitch 14: Upper Black Dyke Pitch 2.
q. We linked Pitches 1-3 by doing some simulclimbing, using a Rollnblock and a running belay for safety. This is a really quick and safe way to link pitches on a route.
r. Pitch 15: Upper Black Dyke Pitch 3.
s. Pitch 16: Upper Black Dyke Pitch 4.
t. Steph topping out on Upper Black Dyke Pitch 4. (Photo by Braden.)
u. Pitch 17: Mr. Ciechanowski (10a) on The Penthouse. A way to get in another pitch rather than hike to the summit.
v. Pitch 18: Ladies First (10a) on The Raven's Castle, which tops out on the First Peak. This photo shows Braden at the crux, while a chipmunk munches away.
w. People on top.
x. Braden at the top of our 18-pitch adventure. What a day!


The Apron to Squamish Buttress area, The CHIEF
Route: APRON TO FIRST PEAK LINK-UP: Rambles + Diedre + Boomstick Crack  + (LOWER) Squamish Buttress + The Butt Lite (aka Butt Face)
(Rambles: 4 pitches: 5.7, 5.7, 5.7, 5.8;  Diedre: 6 pitches: 5.7, 5.6, 5.8, 5.8, 5.6, 5.8;  Boomstick: 2 pitches: 5.7, 5.5;  Lower Squamish Buttress: 3 pitches: 5.8, 5.7, 5.9;  The Butt Lite: 3 pitches: 5.9, 5.8, 5th)     

Date: May 11, 2019       Partner: Shauna Morey
Overlay of our link-up.
Brief trip report: 
Only in Squamish can you climb 18 pitches and get back to the car by mid-afternoon, already planning the next day's lap of the Chief. This was a fun link-up starting just off the trail at the base of the Apron and ending on the First Peak of the Chief. It was a beautiful and warm spring day, and there were at least a dozen other parties doing some combination of Apron + Squamish Buttress. This was my first time climbing with Shauna, a gal from Calgary who I had run into on occasion at various crags, but had never climbed with. It was nice to finally share a rope. We had a blast! Plus, it was fun to climb Diedre again, which had been one of my first mulitpitch climbs, 13 years previous. 

This climb reminded us of how much fun it is to climb to the top of the Chief. So the next day, a Sunday, we decided to step it up a notch and climb Angel's Crest to the Second Peak. What a fun weekend!

There were a couple of bummers to the otherwise great day: on Pitch 1, the trigger wire on my ultralight #2 cam snapped and when we arrived back to the parking lot I discovered a big dent in the back of my hatchback. The moral of the story: duct tape only fixes 50% of your problems.

Below are some photos from the day.

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b. 
Rambles Pitch 2.
c. 
Rambles Pitch 4 (crux move of Rambles).
d. 
Diedre Pitch 1.
e. 
Diedre Pitch 3.
f. Diedre Pitch 4.
g. 
Diedre Pitch 5.
h. 
Diedre Pitch 6.
i.
Me leading Boomstick Crack, a nice way to link the top of the Apron and the base of Squamish Buttress. (Photo by Shauna.)

j. 
Slabby arete on Pitch 1 (10a variation) of Squamish Buttress. I've climbed this way 3 times now and it has yet to feel 10a.....
k. 
Butt Lite Pitch 1. (This photo is of the party ahead of us.)
l. Me leading Butt Lite Pitch 1. (Photo by Shauna.)
m. Looking down just above the crux start of Butt Lite Pitch 1.
n. Butt Lite Pitch 2.
o. Shauna descending the cables on the backside of the First Peak.

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