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Petrifying Wall

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A Cougar One Bite Brownie S 
Beers Are Not Enough T 
Black Water S 
Burning Down the Couch S 
D.O.A. T 
Elastic Man S 
Even Steven T 
Flight of the Challenger T 
Flingus Cling, The S 
Food Frenzy S 
Heavy Petting Action S 
No Name Road S 
Pleasant Pheasant S 
Plumbline S 
Underwire S 
Youth Gone Wild S 

Petrifying Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Peter Spindloe on Apr 22, 2007

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The Petrifying Wall feels unique in Squamish. It's a long crag of rope-stretching, dead vertical climbs on super compact fine textured granite. The climbs are mostly sport, but a few of Squamish's best trad lines are here. The sheer number of high quality hard sport climbs on this one crag is impressive: at least 6 at 5.13, 25 at 5.12, 21 at 5.11. There are few 5.10s, but not many and they aren't popular. Be prepared for very technical climbing on small edges with long reaches.

The most popular climb, partly because it's the easiest good climb, is Pleasant Pheasant at 5.10d. Burning Down the Couch at 5.11d is considered one of the best. Flingus Cling gets high marks as an introductory 5.12b and Flight of the Challenger is a trad testpiece at 5.12c and you might well see people on it.

Getting There 

Walk along the trail around Browning Lake, past the picnic benches and past the trail leading up to Zoe. There's a fairly obvious trail that heads west to the south of Zoe, goes over a little rise and the curves south. You'll know when you've arrived. It's about 15 minutes from the parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Petrifying Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Petrifying Wall:
Heavy Petting Action   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
A Cougar One Bite Brownie   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Even Steven   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 105'   
Beers Are Not Enough   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Pleasant Pheasant   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Underwire   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
No Name Road   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Elastic Man   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 65'   
Burning Down the Couch   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Youth Gone Wild   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Black Water   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
The Flingus Cling   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Flight of the Challenger   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Start of Pleasant Pheasant

Pleasant Pheasant 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  North America : Canada : ... : Petrifying Wall
Probably the most climbed route at the Pet, and while it's a good climb, its popularity is more due to it being the easiest bolted route and therefore the warm up for everything else. Warm up or not, this is Pet Wall 10d, which mean vertical, pumpy, and not always obvious....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Mar 23, 2008
Good video of someone climbing a route called 2001:
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Aug 27, 2008
Regarding Aimee's question about the base. It's quite flat and pretty toddler friendly except for the drop off where the level of the base changes by twenty feet at the base of The Flingus Cling.