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The Squaw. 6/2011

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The Squaw has a selection of excellent climbs, which, combined with its reletive seclusion and shady aspect, make this a great place to go on hot summer days. All climbs on the Squaw are fairly difficult, with nothing below the 10a rating. Great views of the town and of the North Gully of the Chief can be had from the wall, and much of the leftern reaches have yet to be explored.

The descent is down the right side of the formation on a somewhat obscure trail. Follow this down to a 4th class chimney with a fixed line. Continue down the trail until it meets up with the approach trail.

Getting There 

Take the forest service road about 1.5km past the Apron parking area to a small pull-out on the right. The approach trail is typically overgrown and tropical (like most at Squamish) but fairly straitforward.

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Slhanay (The Squaw):
Jungle Warfare   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   
Birds of Prey   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches   
Photophobia   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 360'   
Pipeline   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 170'   
The Great Game   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Right Wing   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
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Brad near the start the beautiful corner on P3 of The Great Game.

The Great Game 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b  North America : Canada : ... : Slhanay (The Squaw)
An excellent and well-protected journey featuring a variety of movement. A classic climb for sure.* P1 (10d) The first pitch is long and steep (150+ feet), but fortunately protects well with a standard rack. Felt soft for a 10d, but that is what the guide gives it. A moderate lieback (hands) takes you to a short blank section and then to a finger crack. Traverse out the finger crack to the base of another hand crack. Up the hand crack and continue up until you get to the bolted belay. I...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Collin getting into position to pull around the roof on Supernatural.
Collin getting into position to pull around the ro...
The Forest Service road with the Squaw formation in the background.
The Forest Service road with the Squaw formation i...
Getting ready to place a piece after pulling around the opening roof of Supernatural.
Getting ready to place a piece after pulling aroun...
The descent chimney
The descent chimney
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By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Aug 4, 2009

I went up to The Squaw for the first time this weekend. It's a fantastic area! The routes tend to towards vertical cracks, but there are some overhangs and roofs, and the rock quality is great.

There was a laminated sheet with some new route information at the base. Mr. Barley has been at it again. It appears that there are two new routes starting just left of the first pitch of Birds of Prey. I don't remember the details (I'll try to get them), but at least one of them was another 4 pitch 10+.

The descent is a very interesting scramble through a cave formed by some house-sized blocks.