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The Apron

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Bannana Peel 
Boomstick Crack 
Bottom Line, The 
Calculus Crack 
Crack Slabbeth 
Dances with Pigs 
Dessert Dike 
Diamondback 
Diedre 
Dream Symphony 
Edge of Anxiety 
Granville Street 
Great Arch, The 
Karen's Math 
Memorial Crack 
One Scoop with Delicious Dimples 
Over The Rainbow 
Rambles 
Rock On 
Rock On Direct (aka Hard On) 
Sickle 
Slab Alley 
Snake 
South Arete 
Sparrow 
St. Vitus' Dance 
Start From Scratch 
Teetering on the Brink of Madness 
Unfinished Symphony 
Vector 

The Apron 


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Description 

The Apron is the low angled formation of granite that extends N. off of the Chief. There are many varied climbs on this formation from classic moderate crack climbs like St. Vitus Dance, or Diedre to runout scary slab climbs such as Unfinished Symphony, or Dancing in the Light. The granite in squamish is said by some to be better than Yosemite making it some of the best Granite in the world. The Apron is a wonderful place to climb and contains some of the best moderate routes in Squamish. The views of the sound and the surrounding mountains are spectacular. Some of the first established routes on the chief are on the Apron.


Getting There 

Start at a parking lot at the intersection of Highway 99 and a Mamquam Forest Service Road. Many trails from here depending on the climb you do. The Base of the Apron is thick forest and it can be tricky to find specific climbs.


30 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Apron:
Boomstick Crack   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Bannana Peel   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   
Diedre   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches   
Calculus Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   
Rambles   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Sickle   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Snake   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   
South Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   
Vector   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
St. Vitus' Dance   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
Memorial Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 100'   
The Bottom Line   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 150'   
Karen's Math   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13     Trad, 50'   
Dances with Pigs   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   
Over The Rainbow   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 600'   
Rock On   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
Rock On Direct (aka Hard On)   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 230'   
Start From Scratch   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Dream Symphony   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, 7 pitches   
Unfinished Symphony   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 800'   
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Featured Route For The Apron
Craig, after exiting the corner of pitch 3. <br /> <br />Photo by: Kevin Vallely

Rock On 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  North America : Canada : ... : The Apron
p1. A few dirty moves off the ground get you past a tree with exposed roots and into beautiful clean granite corners and cracks. A fun 5.8 crux makes you layback or fist jam.p2. Step out left from the belay and climb the clean corner or undercling a crack a little further left (both seem to be graded the same, but left feels easier). A few blocky sections then lead to a perfect belay ledge.p3. This 5.9 pitch is awkward and strenuous, starting with a solid couple of layback moves into a flaring...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of The Apron Slideshow Add Photo
Mike Morley follows a pitch up the Apron (June 2005).
Mike Morley follows a pitch up the Apron (June 200...
The Apron is seen from the side in this photo. Its the low angled prominent feature extending off of the Chief. Indicated by the black box.
The Apron is seen from the side in this photo. Its...
Traversing broadway to the forest trail.
BETA PHOTO: Traversing broadway to the forest trail.
Apron descent
Apron descent
First pitch of Banana Peel 5.8...
First pitch of Banana Peel 5.8...
The two people in red with white helmets are debating following us down the Apron.  Over on the south side of the Apron, just before the trail enters the forest, you can head straight down, face-out.  Climbing shoes or sticky approach shoes recommended.  It's disconcerting, but works fine and cuts a fair bit of time off the descent.  I believe it has been mountain biked too...
BETA PHOTO: The two people in red with white helmets are debat...
The longest forced runout on Banana Peel of a traversing nature. 3rd pitch.
The longest forced runout on Banana Peel of a trav...
Simon almost finished the slab descent.  It breaks into the woods on the left.
Simon almost finished the slab descent. It breaks...
Apron and Grand. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Apron and Grand.
Photo by Blitzo.
The Apron. Diedre. Think this is the first or second pitch. Early start awesomeness.
The Apron. Diedre. Think this is the first or seco...
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By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Jan 1, 2008

Skateboarding on the Apron: