Grand Wall Area Rock Climbing
Looking up The Grand Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
This is the large expanse of granite on the Squamish Chief that includes the Grand Wall route and its numerous variations. It's west facing allowing morning shade and sometimes severe afternoon sun.
The rock is mostly smooth vertical granite with a few very distinct crack systems.
From the main Chief parking lot off of Highway 99, walk along the paved road that leads to the campground a short distance until you can turn left on the old highway. Walk until you see a trail on the right with a large sign. Take the well marked trail to the base of the wall.
The Grand Wall Area starts partway up the cliff and can be accessed from a number of Grand Wall Base Area routes.
The Usual Way:
Climb Apron Strings (10b, 2p) to Merci Me (5.8, 2p, somewhat runout) and then do a seemingly unnamed 10b traverse right to some bolts below the Split Pillar. Aid up the three bolts to a comfy ledge at the start of the Split Pillar. It's possible to boulder past the bolts on the left at about 5.12-.
The Fastest Way:
As above, but avoid Apron Strings by walking left along the base of the wall until you can work your way up and right on Flake Ledge (including batmanning up a short chain) to the start of Merci Me.
The Most Rewarding Way:
Climb Cruel Shoes (5.10d, 6p, one runout 5.9 pitch) to the base of the Split Pillar.
Weather station 1.3 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Grand Wall Area
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Grand Wall Area:
Cruel Shoes 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 6 pitches, 600'
The Grand Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
A0 Trad, Aid, 9 pitches, 1000'
Featured Route For Grand Wall Area
Cruel Shoes 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b North America
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Cruel Shoes weaves a wandering path up the lower face of the Chief, conveniently ending at the base of the Split Pillar. An excellent route in its own right, it also provides a great, all-free way to access the Grand Wall. Expect amazing, consistent pitches of technical face climbing at the 5.10 level, good mixed pro, and immaculate rock. Enough can't be said about this awesome climb.P1: Begin at the base of the Chief in the corner just right of Apron Strings. Ascend the corner (The Flake) v...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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