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The Chief  


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Elevation: 2,303'
Location: 49.6867, -123.135 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Chief from the windsurfing area

Description 

The chief is the giant dome that can be seen from just about anywhere in Squamish. Routes can be incredibly varied from runout slabs to spliter cracks to bolted face climbs.

Getting There 

Take the sea to sky highway north from vancouver to the parking lot on the right side just before the town of squamish.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.5 miles from here

223 Total Routes

['4 Stars',53],['3 Stars',96],['2 Stars',42],['1 Star',27],['Bomb',5]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',4],['5.8',11],['5.9',20],['5.10',54],['5.11',33],['5.12',20],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',30],['V2-3',16],['V4-5',15],['V6-7',7],['V8-9',3],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Chief:
Diedre   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches   The Apron
Calculus Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   The Apron
Snake   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   The Apron
St. Vitus' Dance   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   The Apron
Rock On   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   The Apron
Apron Strings   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Grand Wall Base Area
Bop 'til You Drop   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Cirque of the Uncrackables
Arrowroot   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Grand Wall Base Area
Seasoned in the Sun   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Grand Wall Base Area
Angel's Crest   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 13 pitches   The Sheriff's Badge
Exasperator   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Grand Wall Base Area
Sunblessed   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   The Solarium
Cruel Shoes   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Grand Wall Area
Sunset Strip   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 12 pitches   The Dihedrals
The Grand Wall   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0     Trad, Aid, 9 pitches, 1000'   Grand Wall Area
Freeway   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 11 pitches   The Dihedrals
High Plains Drifter   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   The North Walls
High Plains Drifter   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   The Sheriff's Badge
Alaska Highway   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   The North Walls
University Wall   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 8 pitches, 900'   Grand Wall Area
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Featured Route For The Chief
Near the top of Manana Crack

Manana 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  North America : Canada : ... : Bulletheads South
The obvious finger crack on the wall left of several sport climbs including Xenolith Dance. The beginning has a distinct lightning-bolt look and the crux comes in the thin locks and small gear of the first 20'.The climb follows thin flakes and the obvious clean crack for 40m as the angle slowly kicks back. The last few moves are up a slab to the chains.Rated .10c in the Select guide, both myself and partner found it a touch easier, but still very fun. There is an intermediate rappel station (the...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of The Chief Slideshow Add Photo
A stitched together panoramic of the north walls o...
A stitched together panoramic of the north walls o...
Looking up the chief
Looking up the chief
the Chief as seen from Smoke Bluffs
the Chief as seen from Smoke Bluffs
Lost somewhere in the middle of the Chief
Lost somewhere in the middle of the Chief
Climbers on the Chief. Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers on the Chief. Photo by Blitzo.
the Chief, with Howe Sound,  from along the hike t...
the Chief, with Howe Sound, from along the hike t...
The Chief from the North (taken from hospital park...
The Chief from the North (taken from hospital park...
Camping with Darryl Hatton '78
Camping with Darryl Hatton '78
Also from the north gully, I think.  This may be w...
Also from the north gully, I think. This may be w...
Looking southwest from the Center Summit of the Ch...
Looking southwest from the Center Summit of the Ch...
Looking north from the top of the North Gully.  Ga...
BETA PHOTO: Looking north from the top of the North Gully. Ga...
The Stawamus Chief
The Stawamus Chief
One of the sections of ladder and chains leading t...
BETA PHOTO: One of the sections of ladder and chains leading t...
Howe Sound Brewing Best Bitter to commemorate the ...
Howe Sound Brewing Best Bitter to commemorate the ...
Panoramic shot of the Chief from the top of the Ma...
BETA PHOTO: Panoramic shot of the Chief from the top of the Ma...
Bellygood ledge
Bellygood ledge
This picture, taken from the side of Hwy. 99, a fe...
BETA PHOTO: This picture, taken from the side of Hwy. 99, a fe...
The sight  of the Chief is amazing! Here We are lo...
The sight of the Chief is amazing! Here We are lo...

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