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Birds of Prey 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Bob Milward, Jim Campbell (1983)
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Submitted By: Ian Wolfe on Jul 25, 2006

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Description 

Two pitches of a beautiful 5.8 handcrack lead up to the base of the steeper headwall. These pitches can be combined with a 70m rope or a little bit of simul-climbing. There are 2 bolts at the top of this pitch and several sets of rap slings, so it is possible to descend from this point. I found it most comfortable to belay from the large tree a few feet below the bolts. Next climb the amazing 5.10b handcrack in the huge corner strait up, then traverse left to a tree with rap slings. Belay here if rope drag is bad, if not continue up another 40 feet of easy ground to the base of a large, featured left-facing corner. This is 5.10 a with a 5.8 chimney finish, but this pitch is almost always climbed in one pitch.

Location 

From the top of the approach trail walk left along the base of the wall past The Great Game, and onto a large slab with an obvious, worn handcrack.

Protection 

One set of cams up to a 2 or 3 camalot, and a set of nuts, plus 10 or 12 trad draws.


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Rapping off Birds of Prey.
Rapping off Birds of Prey.
Collin on the fabulous first pitch.
Collin on the fabulous first pitch.
Collin negotiating the complicated corner system u...
Collin negotiating the complicated corner system u...

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By Michelle Cronk
From: Bellingham, Washington
Aug 1, 2006

After climbing the long 5.8 pitch, climb the short and beautiful corner and traverse LEFT. Finish with the last pitch in the far corner. This route is wonderful for the grade. Well worth the huff to the Squaw. Enjoy!
By Ian Wolfe
From: Fayetteville, NC
Aug 4, 2006

yup, it is left. Sorry for the mix up. I fixed it on the description.
By John Bradford
From: Yellowstone National Park
Aug 17, 2007
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

A very nice climb. The third pitch (or fourth) is a bit dirty, but still enjoyable climbing.
By Mike Teschke
From: North Vancouver
Sep 28, 2009

It would be a stretch to get to the anchors below the 10b hand crack in one 70m pitch. We had to do a significant amount of simul-climbing with a 60m rope. The 10b hand crack is great and easily can be combined with the left traverse, there are anchors for a bolted 11a pitch about half way across the traverse. These are not the anchors for Birds of Prey, about 30 feet further along the traverse then up a ramp to the right is a nice chain anchor with a comfy tree that has been turned into a belay seat. (Be mindful of rope drag) The last pitch can be wet and was a bit slimy in spots yesterday despite more than a week of sunny weather. The guide book suggests building a gear anchor after you pass the steepest section (and a rotten tree stump) but I had no problem linking it with a 60m rope, probably about 50-55m, with minimal rope drag issues.
By Sherri Lewis
From: Sequim, WA
Jul 28, 2010

We easily linked the first two pitches with a 70m rope to belay from the big tree below the .10b corner, and also linked the last two pitches, which made the whole route seem more enjoyable rather having it chopped up into short pitches.

We took a #4 cam but could have easily done without it.

There is a new descent route for the Squaw which provides a safer alternative to the "cave" down-climb; the description below is copied from this thread on squamishclimbing.com. squamishclimbing.com/squamish_...

"From the top of Birds of Prey walk climber's right about 10 metres. Look for the sign indicating the easy way down--i think it says "hiking route". It goes to the left and crosses the gully high up before descending.

If you are coming off Great Game or Jungle Warfare, you will need to climb up to access the new trail.

FWIW, I kinda enjoyed the old trail--it has an alpine quality. But having descended that way more than once was more than enough.

Kudos to the people or person who did a tremendous amount of work to create the new trail."
By Mark Roberts
From: Vancouver, BC
Aug 20, 2012
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

The trees mentioned in the description have all been chopped, save the one Mike mentions below the 10a pitch. This made linking the two 5.8 pitches difficult, as I ran out of rope as I got to a rickety stump and had to have my second scramble up the easy 5th at the beginning so I could reach the bolts.

10b pitch was burly, but short and straight forward. I was expecting the spooky slab move to be more intimidating than it was (and I'm easily spooked). Your choice is between rope drag or four extra feet of whip. I chose rope drag and had to belay at the bolt anchors next to the next chopped tree as a result. Was happy to see you could protect the second fairly well on the traverse with a yellow and orange metolius.

I either completely missed the chain anchors Mike mentioned below the 10a pich like a n00b or they've been chopped. Admittedly I didn't look for them, just slung the tree, so maybe they're there still.

The last pitch is complex and intriguing. I'd say it's a tricky onsight as you dance around bizarre features stemming and jamming. We linked the 5.8 chimney, I made some bad choices with my slings when pumped and had some pretty gnarly rope drag by the top. Link them by all means, just don't be an idiot like me and extend wisely.

Didn't use cams smaller than blue metolius or nuts smaller than #3 WC. Brought a #4 C4 along just for the chimney but it was unnecessary. Didn't place it once. Was happy to have doubles in finger and hand sizes for linking pitches, but only one #3 C4 is necesary.
By Matt Hoffmann
From: Squamish
Oct 1, 2012
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Eagles Domain (First pitch up the splitter) is amazing. Maybe 70m long. Fairly simple to simul climb. (this is p1-2 linked)

Second pitch is a beauty but, can be scary for the follower stepping over after the splitter crack.

Last pitch (third) is dirty. Didn't really enjoy it. (this is p4-5 linked)