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The Malamute Rock Climbing 


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Location: 49.6839, -123.1552 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Peter Spindloe on Oct 22, 2006
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A beautiful place. Too bad for the industrial area...

Access issues at the Lower Malamute. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

This cliff is accessed from the same parking lot as the Chief, but is on the west side of the road. Although it is invisible from the road, it's considerably larger than you would expect, with routes up to three pitches. Some very high quality and legendary climbs are here. There are steep crack testpieces as well as more recent bolted slabs.

The cliff is divided into a lower and upper section, with a number of the climbs on the Lower Malamute closed due to the CN Rail right-of-way along the tracks at the base of the cliff.

On most days the Malamute is a windy place, even when the air seems calm on the Chief. It can be cold in the wind if the cliff is still in the shade (until about 1:00pm, depending on the season), even on a hot day.

Getting There 

If coming from the south, park as for the Chief and take the new pedestrian bridge. If coming from the north, there's a parking lot for about ten cars and a trail that takes you to the pedestrian bridge.

From the pedestrian bridge, head up a dirt trail, across the logged area and look for a trail that heads up on to the tree ridge. The trail will lead you to the top of the cliff between the Starr Wall and the Stooges Slab.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.0 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in The Malamute

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Malamute:
Jacob's Other Ladder   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 22'   
High Mountain Woody   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Stefanie's Tears   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Old Style   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 80'   
Caboose   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   
Paul's Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Slap and Tickle   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Hand Jive   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Grub Street   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Quagmire Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Crescent Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Penguins in Bondage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   
Clean Crack   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 90'   
Overly Hanging Out   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   
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Quagmire Crack 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  North America : Canada : ... : The Malamute
This is a great finger crack and I am surprised to not already find it here. MP seems to not have caught on in Squamish, at least not the off the beaten track routes.It is listed as 10c in the books, seems lots harder then Bulletheads east or Peasants route, more like the last Liquid Gold pitch so maybe 10d.( was considered 10b in the 1970/80's)Maybe it is the approach. We dutifully rapped in a couple of years ago for the Grub St. Connection, and for this. I kept seeing climbers walk in from the...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Caboose. Photo by Blitzo.
Caboose. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Evening light over Howe Sound from the top of the ...
Evening light over Howe Sound from the top of the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The logged area on the Malamute, looking south fro...
The logged area on the Malamute, looking south fro...
Rock Climbing Photo: The trail is gone, but you can cross the cut entir...
The trail is gone, but you can cross the cut entir...
Rock Climbing Photo: We crossed the logged area on the Malamute to scop...
We crossed the logged area on the Malamute to scop...
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting set for the big rappel in.
Getting set for the big rappel in.
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the final log in the "new" trail...
This is the final log in the "new" trail...

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By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Apr 15, 2007
Everybody: Please read the note about access issues. Also, please note that the more standard approach is to park at the Grand Wall parking lot, cross the road and take the trail over the top of the Malamute. However, just a few weeks ago (March, 2007) much of the top of the Malamute was logged! It's quite a sad sight. More details on this later. I don't have any current information about access to the top of the Malamute in light of this.
By ScottH
Sep 6, 2007
As of 9/1/07, the majority of felled trees have been cleared from the top of the Malamute. It is straightforward to hike through the clear cut using the trail that begins from the parking lot at the chief. For updates on access at the Malamute, refer to this page maintained by the Squamish Access Society:

squamishaccess.ca/News/Malamut...

The logging was illegal and will carry a fine of $1,000-$10,000 per tree. At 1,400+ trees, that adds up pretty quick.
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Jun 24, 2014
how can an illegal clearcut like this happen in such a high profile area? Was there a fine? I was there soon after and did not realize it was illegal. There again this weekend and marveled at the 6' tall ferns.

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