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Description

Multipitch wall with many great lines on it. The top gives you some great views of the Chief. Definitely worth checking out if you will be in Squamish for a while.

There's quite a lot of retro-scrubbing and new route activity going on (2011/2012). Hanging Gardens, for example, is now a clean 10+ that is reportedly very good with a hard (but protected) slab crux.

Many new routes have been added since the 2012 guide. See this topo for more details

Getting There

The Papoose is about a half mile to a mile south of the Chief camping area. Park at Shannon Falls. Walk down the road about 100 yards, and then dive down a short hill towards the wall.

Descent

McLane's book shows a walk-off to the south. As Andy notes, the walk-off to the north is straightforward and works well. Follow the cliff edge north until the trail becomes obvious. Some routes can be rapped, but unless noted in the route description, don't assume you can get down with a single 70m.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Papoose

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 109
Mushroom
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 22
Laid Back
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 104
Hairpin
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 26
Mercury Vapour
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Transit of Venus
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 70
Centerfold
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 16
Papoose One
Trad 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 13
Hanging Gardens
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mushroom
 109
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Laid Back
 22
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Hairpin
 104
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Mercury Vapour
 26
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Transit of Venus
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Centerfold
 70
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Papoose One
 16
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Hanging Gardens
 13
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
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Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
A well worn (and marked) descent path heads climber's left from the top. It eventually hits the road where you began the hike to the wall, and you can follow that back to your packs. Aug 4, 2009
The Papoose is bigger and better than it looks from the road, definitely worth checking out. May 11, 2012
Mark Roberts
Vancouver, BC
Mark Roberts   Vancouver, BC
Jesus, tried the South walkout as recommended by McLane's guidebook. WTF. Sketchy at the best of times, then after you've gone sufficiently far down the trail just starts to evaporate. It's completely overgrown, we hiked back up and found the great trail that heads North, which is pleasant and obvious. Aug 7, 2012
Tried the rap line just south of the top-out of Hairpin. Reaching the first station was barely possible when hitting the knots on the end of our 70m. My partner and I both spent a lot of time looking for intermediate anchors but saw nothing. If you go this route with a 60 you will not make it. Sep 9, 2014