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A Cougar One Bite Brownie S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Beers Are Not Enough T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Black Water S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Burning Down the Couch S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
D.O.A. T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Elastic Man S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Even Steven T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Flight of the Challenger T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Flingus Cling, The S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Food Frenzy S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Ghost, The T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Heavy Petting Action S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
No Name Road S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Pleasant Pheasant S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Plumbline S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Underwire S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Youth Gone Wild S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Type: Trad, 90 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: David Trippett on Aug 29, 2008
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One of the more classic trad routes in Squamish and not to be missed by those climbing at the grade. Very atypical for Squamish in its steepness.

Seen from back a bit, The Challenger is the obvious rising crackline that begins down low in the overhang and rises up to the right into the crack/flare at the right-most end of the Pet Wall. Aesthetic and unmistakable.

The Challenger can be broken into two distinct sections, first a steep, juggy section, reminiscent of a sport climb without any bolts. The second section requires a more technical approach in the shallow flare above the overhang. A couple more big moves near the top deliver a final sting in the tail.

Start from a sharp boulder and pull onto the very steep wall on good sidepulls to a jug. Clip the old pin and power through some big moves on jams and slopey rails to a big flake and a decent rest. Another big move from the flake gets you established below the lip on a jug. Transition into the crack above the lip on powerful, and sometimes painful, fingerlocks.

The crux for many...continue up the shallow flare with a very thin seam in the back, an experiment in balance and footwork that eventually eases off into a hand/fist crack and another decent rest....but its not over yet. A couple more big moves from the top of the hand crack see you to the end.


Far right end of Pet Wall.


Cams and Nuts....single set from #3 Camalot to .5 (possible to place #4 as well) and a selection of small cams. Small-Med Stoppers. 6 slings/draws. Fixed 'biners on the chains. Those not on-sighting are encouraged to scope the gear, which is not always obvious (in the overhang anyway).


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Gear for flight of the challenger in order:
Draw for bolt
Long sling for bolt
BD # 1
BD # .75
BD # 2
BD # 1 w/draw
Metolius blue/purple offset
BD red C3
BD red C3
Alien Blue w/ draw
BD # 3 Aug 21, 2014
I think the pin is gone gone gone. Awesome climb. May 2, 2014

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