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The Crescent 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
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Submitted By: Jesse James on Jul 15, 2010

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This is rumored to be the best climb at the sanctuary. The climb tackles the obvious seam on a crescent shaped wall, getting progressively steeper toward the top of the climb. The crux for me was a long move near the last bolt, although maybe the pump had something to do with this being the hard part. The route seems to pack quite a punch for it's relatively short length.

This is rated 5.12b in the squamish select book, but definitely felt harder to me. Some of the holds seemed a bit crumbly, so I would not rule out the possibility of broken holds in the past or future.

I am surprised that the guidebook gives this climb 5 stars, especially in squamish, where there are loads of excellent climbs. Fun route, but nowhere near 5 stars in my opinion.


On the far left side of the sanctuary, locate the obvious bolted seam on a wave shaped wall. This is the crescent.



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By Chris Gehlen
Sep 2, 2011

Hard 12b but not 12c, contrary to the OP the route has not crumbled at all since it went up (i've climbed it multiple times over the years). There are few sport 12b's in Squamish that can compare to this route. Sustained climbing to a solid crux.
By Matt Hoffmann
From: Squamish
May 15, 2016
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Very gym like climbing. Closely bolted and really comfortable holds. Super fun and gets progressively tougher all the way to the top. Had to fight to get the send. Lends itself really well to projecting as with the right beta no sequence feels harder than v3/4.

Would recommend wearing a helmet. The jug about 2/3rds up has a very loose piece and I saw a golf ball sized foothold break off while up there.

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