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Routes in Senior Centre

A Slice of Life S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Depends S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mid-Life Crisis S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Out to Pasture S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Shuffle-Board Demon S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Walker on the Wild Side S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Description

This crag has some very high quality sport climbing and is right in North Vancouver (near Deep Cove). Unfortunately the access situation is a bit awkward (please follow the advice listed here!). The rock is a very weathered granite with excellent texture. The bolting is generally "modern" (i.e. you won't get too scared) although there are a few spots where you might gulp and there's at least one mid-route ankle-breaker. Stick clips are pretty much unnecessary.

There are about fifteen routes in the 5.10 to 5.12 range. A 5.13 project is in the works and there's potential for a few more routes. The name comes from the fact that the first ascentionists were all over 45.

This crag was only developed a few years ago and hasn't appeared in any guidebooks as of yet. Some information has been available on the web for a while now. A topo has been published here:
http://www.squamishclimbing.com/topos/Senior-Van-0607.pdf
Private Road Details

Getting There

The best place for a group to meet and coordinate a trip into the Senior Centre is the plaza at the intersection of the Mt. Seymour Parkway and Mt. Seymour Road (the Lazy Bay Bakery is excellent).

1. From there, leave the parking lot going north on Mt. Seymour Road.
2. Go right on Indian River Dr.
3. Go left on Indian River Crescent.
4. Stay on the Crescent and it becomes Indian River Road (oddly).
5. At the start of a long straightaway there is a pullout that used to be suitable for parking, but it has now been blocked. Other pullouts before and after it can be found, but watch for no-parking signs. If you get to a super-tight switchback, you've gone too far.
6. From here (by bike, on foot), go around the tight switchback and then turn left on Fire Lane 7. Dropping a group off by car and then returning to park outside of the "private" area is possible too, but better to avoid as the residents have the exclusive use of the road for vehicular traffic.
7. Follow Fire Lane 7 until you can turn left on Fire Lane 8.
8. Count the blue barrels along the right side of the road. At the fifth barrel look for a faint trail on the left. Do not park here!
9. Head up the trail and look for a trail branching off to the right after about 100 feet/30m. Follow this trail until your are at the base of the crag.

Time (from pullout before switchback):
-walking: 30 min.
-bike: <10min
-driving: 5 min.

Be very accommodating and reasonable with the locals. Work is being done to improve the access situation.

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@Dale Chang couple of days late but the road situation has not changed. I was trying to go for a hike that started along this road and got kicked of and threatened with calling the police Oct 20, 2017
Has anyone been here in the last while? I've always wanted to check it out and was thinking of doing so this weekend. Wondering if the road situation has changed yet. Oct 13, 2017
Steven Wiens
N vancouver BC
Steven Wiens   N vancouver BC
Does anybody know what condition this place is in right now? I'm assuming that there will need to be some scrubbing? Mar 27, 2013
I will be arriving in Vancouver in early August via sailboat. I was wondering if there was any convenient access to this crag from the water. Any info will help...
Thanks! Jun 8, 2010
Chris A  
As the note says, the owners DEFINATELY think they have exclusive right to the road. However, we only ran into one person that gave us the "what-for" about what we were doing. Now that I know that the access is still up in the air it makes me more comfortable for sure. The setting for this place is beautiful as well. Jul 4, 2008
Peter Spindloe
North Vancouver, BC
Peter Spindloe   North Vancouver, BC
Despite the moss visible in the pictures, many of the routes are very clean. Everything left of Slice of Life is due for a scrubbing, but the rest is in good shape. Apr 1, 2008

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