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Elevation: 5,815 ft 1,772 m
GPS: 49.6586, -123.08305
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Mt. Habrich is a granite horn east of Squamish. Despite a fairly lengthy approach, some routes on Mt. Habrich are quite popular with with multiple parties not uncommon on summer weekends. The rock is well featured and generally very good quality, and the views are spectacular both on route and from the summit.

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Access has improved in 2014 with the opening of the Sea to Sky gondola.


Begin by reaching the upper gondola station, via one of the following:

1. Ride the gondola. Check their website for prices and times.

2. Hike the Sea-to-Summit trail from the gondola base. This adds 900m of elevation gain to an otherwise long day.

3. Drive to near the upper gondola station via a network of forest service roads. Begin by turning east from Highway 99 onto the Mamquam River road (this is the road by the Apron parking lot). After about 4 kilometres turn right onto the Stawamus-Indian FSR, and then right again onto the Shannon Creek FSR after an additional 1.5 kilometres. A gate blocks the road about 9 kilometres from Highway 99, and about 2 kilometres from the upper gondola station. Park here, and walk/mountain bike the rest of the way. Note that a 4WD high clearance vehicle is required, though barring this mountain bikes would certainly save some time.

From the upper gondola station take the signed Sky Pilot Valley trail. This trail follows a graded road for about two kilometres, then leaves the road via a left turn onto an old spur road. This junction is obvious and is marked. 

A small clearing on the spur road is reached after about 50-60 minutes of hiking in total from the upper gondola station. Often there is a cairn and/or a fire pit here, and this was a common bivy location in years past before the opening of the gondola. Mt. Habrich is visible high above the clearing on the left. 

To this point, the approach has consisted of very easy hiking but that is all about to change. An obvious trail branches left from the clearing and climbs very steeply through the forest, gaining about 500 metres in elevation (to a col just below the west face of Mt. Habrich.

From the upper gondola station, the time of the approach to the west col is about two hours.

Two routes begin from this col. Mt. Habrich's regular route meanders up a series of ledge systems and is mainly 4th class with a few low fifth class moves. Just left of this is the relatively new route Escape Velocity which has become quite popular.

Just below the col, a fairly obvious trail branches climber's right (east) and passes by a clean looking wall with several routes. The trail leads around an arête/buttress to reach the start of the popular route Life On Earth in about 5 minutes. The trail continues, passing the south face route (4th class), and it is possible to traverse the ridge all the way to Sky Pilot with some scrambling and fixed lines.

Note that the west col of Mt. Habrich can also be reached by following the signed Al's Habrich Ridge trail. The latter part of the trail is more of a route and consists of scrambling up and down over many sub-summits along the ridge leading towards Mt. Habrich. As an adventurous hike, this is very enjoyable and makes for a nice loop when combined with the regular approach. Keep in mind that this route is much longer than the regular approach. It took us almost 5 hours to reach the west col of Mt. Habrich from the upper gondola station going this way.


There are several possibilities.

It is possible to down climb the regular route, which is equipped with some fixed lines and is fairly easy to follow. Keep in mind this gets steep near the bottom and has some 4th or low 5th class downclimbing there. Otherwise the route Escape Velocity can be rappelled with a single rope and is equipped with chain anchors. The quickest non-sketchy way to descend to the west col is likely a combination of these two - down climbing the regular route to the top of the second or third pitch of Escape Velocity, and then rappelling that route the rest of the way to the col.

It is also possible to rappel Life On Earth with two ropes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. Habrich

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Life In Space
Trad, Alpine 27 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Life On Earth
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Life In Space
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 27 pitches
Life On Earth
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
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