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The Apron

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Bannana Peel T 
Boomstick Crack T 
Bottom Line, The T 
Calculus Crack T 
Calculus Direct T 
Crack Slabbeth T 
Dances with Pigs S 
Dessert Dike T,S 
Diamondback T 
Diedre T 
Dream Symphony T 
Edge of Anxiety T 
Granville Street T 
Great Arch, The S 
Karen's Math T 
Memorial Crack T 
One Scoop with Delicious Dimples T,S 
Over The Rainbow T,S 
Rambles T 
Rock On T 
Rock On Direct (aka Hard On) T 
Sickle T 
Slab Alley T,S 
Snake T 
South Arete T 
Sparrow T 
St. Vitus' Dance T 
Start From Scratch T 
Teetering on the Brink of Madness S 
Unfinished Symphony T,S 
Vector T 
White Lightning T 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.0 miles from here

32 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',10],['5.10',11],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

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 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Bannana Peel   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   
Rambles   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Calculus Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   
Diedre   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches   
Calculus Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Sparrow   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 7 pitches, 600'   
South Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   
Snake   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   
Vector   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Memorial Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 100'   
St. Vitus' Dance   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
Over The Rainbow   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 600'   
Karen's Math   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 50'   
Rock On   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
Rock On Direct (aka Hard On)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 230'   
One Scoop with Delicious Dimples   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 600'   
Start From Scratch   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Dream Symphony   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 7 pitches   
Unfinished Symphony   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 800'   
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Featured Route For The Apron
Pitch 2 on St. Vitus' Dance this climb has three excellent pitchs of crack climbing with spectacular views. Its a classic Apron moderate!

St. Vitus' Dance 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  North America : Canada : ... : The Apron
P1 From the base of the Apron climb up trees and cracks 5.7 to the base of a beautiful 5.9 jam crack. There is a small square of carpet on this belay assuring you are on route. P2 Climb a nice 5.9 right facing dihedral with thin gear and mantel left at the top to a ledge this is the direct variation and should be done. P3 This next pitch is a long pitch starting with nice hand jams steepening at the top into a wide fist offwidth crack. Its tempting to place a big cam at the top although I find s...[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: