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Parallel Passages 

YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 7 pitches, 1000', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Paul Cordy
Season: Spring-Fall
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Submitted By: harihari on Sep 20, 2012

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BETA PHOTO: The P3 flake-crack being led by Ross Mailloux of S...

Description 

A wonderful long moderate that tops out on the Chief with a couple spectacular pitches. You can do this route in 7 pitches with a 60m rope. Walk off.

P1: Pass a bolt, and head either straight up (5.10c) or up and slightly left (5.9). Pass a rap station and head onto easier ground to a station on a flatish section (about 50m).

P2: Head up and right of the station, go through a 5.6 off-width/chimney (good pro), go up, do a 10a move off a short, right-angled crack, and go up cracks and blocks and finally hard right for 55m. 5.10a

Walk up and left, then look back and right for a beautiful left-facing flake crack (see beta photo). Belay at the bottom of this off two bolts (3rd class).

P3: MONEY! Climb the super awesome flake-crack (beta photo), then aid the bolts (5.10b) or free (5.12a) to more crack and a station.

P4: Up the ramp into the off-width. 2 bolts and good feet keep things mellow. 5.10b

P5: MONEY! Up and right to a crack and up to a station. 5.10b.

Walk up the stairs to the base of what looks like a 3-sided elevator shaft.

P6: Head more or less straight up, into the cave, stem the cool finger crack in cave, step up to then hard right past a rap station, and belay below a big off-width/chimney. 5.9 IMHO

P7: Do a 10A move right into the corner beside the off-width. Up to a tree, right into a V-slot (bolt), and straight up (10c) or up and right (5.8) to top.

Follow the trail to the backside fo the third summit and down to the Chief parking lot.


Location 

Head up the Angel's Crest trail (about 1 km from highway 99 on the south side of the Mamquam Road) which is marked with "AC" signs. When you get to the base of the gully, cross the gully and follow a decent trail to the base of the wall.

Make a sharp right, and go up the first fixed line you see.

Head at first up and right, then up and across left (all with fixed ropes), until you are at a grassy platform. There is a bolt about 8 feet up markign the start of P1


Protection 

1x #4 Camalot
2x .5-#3 Camalot
a few nuts
a couple of pieces smaller than .3 Camalot
60m rope

If you want to bail, you will need two ropes. All stations fixed.



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By Adrian Lazar
Sep 15, 2013
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

p1 5.10c variation was seeping on 9/13, looks fun.

p6 has a tricky few moves past the rap anchor and bolt above it. It makes more sense to stop at the rap anchor, bring your partner up and continue from there. This eases communication and simplifies a possibly ankle busting if not worse situation. The crux by the bolt is thought provoking. This move is a 5.10a/b IMO.

By Alan North
From: Berkeley, CA
2 days ago

One of my favorite Squamish routes. Bottom OK but after the ledge there are 4 pitches of high quality sustained 5.10 climbing.