Grand Wall Boulders Climbing
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The provincial response to COVID-19 is evolving. Pay special attention to travel restrictions, climbing area closures, and direction for gathering sizes and physical distancing.
squamishaccess.ca for info on local climbing guidelines.
Provincial Travel restrictions
Parks and Rec Site Closures
In addition, there is an access concern about illegal camping:
From the Squamish Access Society website:
District of Squamish provides the following guidance on its website: “Camping is not allowed on District or private property, unless the property is zoned specifically for that purpose. Crown land does not fall under this restriction, however within District of Squamish municipal boundaries, District bylaws do apply to open fires, littering, wildlife attractants, noise, and environmental concerns. District Bylaw Officers can and do attend many unauthorised campsites in order to enforce bylaws.” In correspondence, the District also added that: “Camping on municipal streets or municipal or private parking lots in the District is not permitted under any circumstances.”
From Peter Winter: DO NOT CAMP ALONG THE MAMQUAM FSR BETWEEN THE HIGHWAY AND THE BRIDGE THAT CROSSES STAWAMUS RIVER. THIS MEANS NO VAN CAMPING OR TENTS. THIS AREA IS BC PARKS AND IT IS ILLEGAL FOR YOU TO DO SO. THIS HAS BECOME A VERY SENSITIVE ISSUE. THERE IS FREE CAMPING AT THE CHEK CLIMBING AREA AND NEW, CHEAP CAMPING HERE.
A great place to be in the summer, because it's always shady and cool, and you'll need those cool temps to stick the myriad of slopers on the heelhooking lip traverses scattered throughout the area.
Typical of Squamish, the problems are normally not very high, but despite this the landings can be sketchy because of the many rocks and roots. I like to have a few smaller pads to cover roots and rocks and to fill in gaps as required.
The Grand Wall boulders are quite the maze, and finding your problem can sometimes be difficult. I highly recommend buying the excellent guidebook Squamish Bouldering by Marc Bourdon from one of the local climbing shops. This book includes excellent maps of all the bouldering areas in and around Squamish, and includes a list of Top 100 problems that will keep you busy for a long time.
Baring that, the areas on these Mountain Project pages are organized by their access from south to north, with ties broken by sorting from west to east.
The Campground boulders make up the area furthest south of the Grand Wall boulders, and are segregated from the rest of the areas. They are accessed from behind the cooking shelter in the campground itself.
The remaining areas are all closely grouped. The Titanic trail is the southernmost trail and leaves from the northernmost end of the higher parking lot. This accesses the Titanic, Survivor, and Thighmaster areas.
The other trailheads are accessed from the old road known as Psych Ledge. The first trail along Psych Ledge is the Black Dyke trail and leads to the Black Dyke boulder, providing access the Black Dyke and Viper areas.
The second Psych ledge trail is the Superfly/Grand Wall trail and is recognized by a BC Parks sign. This accesses the Superfly, Octagon, Mantel Madness, Lipsmack, and Easy Chair areas. This trail continues up to the base of the Grand Wall to access routes such as Exasperator.
The third Psych ledge trail is the Animal Magnestism trail and begins just past an outhouse. This accesses the Animal Magnetism and Heartbreak Hotel areas, as well as the Cacodemon Boulder where the route Dreamcatcher 5.14d is located. Continue up along this trail leads to the Gilligan's Island, Ride the Lightning, and Wendy World areas.
Further along Psych Ledge accesses the Apron boulders.
Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Wall Boulders
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