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A Question of Balance S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Banana Peel T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Boomstick Crack T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Bottom Line, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Calculus Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Calculus Direct T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crack Slabbeth T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Crossing, The S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Dances with Pigs S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Dancing in the Light T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Dessert Dike T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Diamondback T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Diedre T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dream Symphony T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Edge of Anxiety T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Form S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Granville Street T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Great Arch, The S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Karen's Math T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Long Time No See T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Memorial Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
One Scoop with Delicious Dimples T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Over The Rainbow T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Pineapple Peel T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rambles T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Rock On T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rock On Direct (aka Hard On) T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sickle T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Slab Alley T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Snake T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
South Arete T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sparrow T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
St. Vitus' Dance T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Start From Scratch T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Teetering on the Brink of Madness S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Unfinished Symphony T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Vector T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Voodoo Amour T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Whirlwind T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
White Lightning T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Type: Trad, 400 ft, 5 pitches, Grade II
FA: FFA Bob Milward and Jim Campbell, 1983
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Shared By: Peter Spindloe on Jan 20, 2007 with updates
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Description

p1. A few dirty moves off the ground get you past a tree with exposed roots and into beautiful clean granite corners and cracks. A fun 5.8 crux makes you layback or fist jam.

p2. Step out left from the belay and climb the clean corner or undercling a crack a little further left (both seem to be graded the same, but left feels easier). A few blocky sections then lead to a perfect belay ledge.

p3. This 5.9 pitch is awkward and strenuous, starting with a solid couple of layback moves into a flaring crack. After a few moves in the crack you can move onto the left wall and pass tough moves with good protection. Traverse far left under the roof and across a steep gully to a bolted belay.

p4. The long crux pitch starts with an intimidating corner. Three small nuts can be placed to protect this corner -- take your time and place them well. The difficulty eases and then gradually ratchets back up as you work up a steepening corner to a 10a mantle crux. Climb ten more feet past the crux to a very cool belay. I've done this route twice a group of three and this belay is tight for two, but possible if no one minds getting cozy.

p5. This pitch can be linked with the previous one. It's short but burly. Three cams (camalots 0.5, 1, and 2) are entirely sufficient for the entire pitch (so if you have just led p4 and have those pieces, keep going).

p6. If you belayed after pitch 4, just link this one with p5. This 5.7 pitch leads to the trees.

Either continue up the Squamish Buttress or The Ultimate Everything, or descend by walking along the treed ledge to a bolted rap station that will drop you in the Memorial Ledge swimming pool (only by carrying the loose end of the rope with you will you have a chance of keeping it dry). From Memorial Ledge you can traverse south to the usual Apron descent.

Location

This climb is on the vertical left edge of the Apron and start from about a hundred feet up the South Gully. From the Apron parking lot, walk up the Mamquam Forest Service Road a little more than hundred feet until a trail heads up towards the cliff. The trail should take you into the gully. Hike the gully until looking back and right you can see a left facing corner system running the height of the cliff. It's not visible until you are a little past it. Good landmarks include the incredible arching 5.13 crack of The Great Arch left of the climb and a variety of abandoned fixed ropes in the area.

I haven't been able to check this myself, but reports of massive amounts of debris coming out of the South Gully during the storms of late 2006 and early 2007 indicate that the approach trail may be completely covered.

Protection

Excellent gear throughout except perhaps the start of p4 where small nuts are good, but take care to place.
Ryan Lynne  
 
Some notes on pitch lengths...

P1: 35m
P2: 20m
P3: 20m
P4-P5: 50m
P6: 15m Aug 19, 2016
JoeyJa
 
JoeyJa  
 
Nick is right... If it feels too hard, try spinning around a few times haha Jul 6, 2017
Nick Drake
Newcastle, WA
 
Nick Drake   Newcastle, WA
 
Stellar route, nothing until the last pitch is a gimmie. A couple corners of interesting body english in the route, if something feels wrong try spinning around multiple times and settle on using the way that makes it harder for no apparent reason.

I used a 000 c3 on the start of P4 and was quite happy with brass offsets in this thin bit. For the final "burly" bit on this pitch (p5) the descriptions route beta is spot on, but really only a #2 is required. You can do it with other pieces, there were bomber placements for a .4 and .75 as well as spots for medium-large alloy offset DMMs.

A final note, if you get to P4 around noon and it's in the hot sun just WAIT. It will go back in the shade quite quickly. No need to suffer through low 80 degree blazing sun like my dumbass. May 30, 2017
P1 - no fist crack, the crux is perfect hands (there is a fist crack on P2).
P5 crux is a chimney. Aug 28, 2016
Lolo  
sibylle Hechtel
Colorado
 
sibylle Hechtel   Colorado
 
I'm not particularly good at laybacking, steep, or strenuous, but found this route quite reasonable by stemming the corner as much as possible. On pitch 3, I comfortably chimneyed the flaring corner. Sep 17, 2012
Matt Hoffmann
Squamish
  5.10a
Matt Hoffmann   Squamish
  5.10a
Hell of a climb. Fairly sustained and stays wet a long time. Feels steep compared to other Squamish climbs of the same grade but, it's really solid. One of favourites to start the buttress. Apr 23, 2012
Mark van Eijk
  5.10a
Mark van Eijk  
  5.10a
Exhilarating climbing that can feel really wild and adventurous. Quite vertical for the grade with a number of surprising and engaging features (5.8 handcrack roof on the first pitch...). The tree depicted at the top of the first pitch is a pretty scraggly but there are bomber placements to be had above. I ended up feeling a little short on gear on the fifth pitch, having left some key pieces behind in the corner crack and gear belay below. Final pitch felt more like 5.5, don't worry about having to leave any gas in the tank for that one. Sep 2, 2011
claytown
Boulder, CO
 
claytown   Boulder, CO
 
did this route per blake herrington's 3 pitch beta and it works great. easy to reach the trees at the very top with a 70 from the bolted anchor but you can also belay at the end of the 5.10 pitch on bolts and take cool pics of the second and then do a 30' pitch to the top. Aug 29, 2011
Mark Roberts
Vancouver, BC
  5.10-
Mark Roberts   Vancouver, BC
  5.10-
Amazing. So much climbing packed into this route. Pitch 5 may be the best pitch in Squamish for the grade, an absolute blockbuster.
Found the p4 crux difficult to protect with anything confidence-inspiring. Also we had trouble figuring out where to put the gear belay between p4 and p5. A station would be nice. These are details though, the route was amazing and I can't wait to climb it again. Aug 14, 2011
Peter Spindloe
North Vancouver, BC
 
Peter Spindloe   North Vancouver, BC
 
I combined the first two pitches with a 70m, but would definitely not have had enough left for the third pitch, even if the belayer scrambled up to the first little ledge. Jul 6, 2009
Peter Spindloe
North Vancouver, BC
 
Peter Spindloe   North Vancouver, BC
 
JSH and Blake's posts makes me wonder if the first three pitches could be done in one with a 70m, especially if the belayer scrambles up to the tree just off the ground. It's straight enough that rope drag should be manageable. I'm sure I'll do this route a third time (to access The Squamish Buttress if for no other reason) so maybe I'll give that a try. May 21, 2008
This route goes easily in 3 pitches (maybe more like 2.5 pitches)with a 60m rope. It's surprisingly steep, with lots of big face holds and great gear.

#1. Combine p1/p2 and climb to a large sandy ledge atop a chimney.(5.8 - 55m)

#2. Climb up the flaring corner and traverse left under the roof and across to the chain anchors (5.9 - 20m)

#3. Follow the corner straight to the top. This links the last 3 pitches (including the 5.7 ramp) into one long pitch. You will just have enough rope to reach the slings around trees on the top. (5.10a - 60m) May 21, 2008
JSH

 
JSH    
 
In my experience: Almost all the pitches are much shorter than as described in the guidebook. One can easily link P1 and P2, possibly P3 as well.

The leftward traverse at the end of P3 is at least 5m - plenty of bail stations above P3 indicated that a few parties might have missed the traverse. You can't see the bolted station below P4 until you've nearly completed the traverse.

The guidebook notes the possibility of linking P4 and P5, all the way up to the next bolts, and describes this as one 100m pitch. My partner and I wanted to share the 5.10 corner leads, so he belayed at half-rope ... which ended up being (well) above both 5.10 corners, and probably in the alcove described above. That gave me the "burly" pitch, which was (and apparantly is often!) wet, and probably all of 10m long. So in total, P4+P5 are significantly less than 100m.

It's possible to rap from the top of P5 in 2 or 3 rappels - we did it in 3 to prevent rope snags. As of summer 2007, the gully and trail up were in good condition, very easy to find the route.

Fantastic route! Sep 2, 2007
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
  5.10a
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
  5.10a
This is a fantastic climb, and can be done quickly with the short approach and straightforward descent. I was fortunate to find it dry, but I've heard the final crux pitch can be wet. One of my favorites at Squamish.

A green C3 perfectly protects the opening 10a crux on the long pitch. Be thoughtful with slings and gear, especially after the initial crux when the route goes right and then left or suffer with rope drag. Jan 21, 2007