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Cardhu Crack T 
Charlotte's Ride to the Sky T 
Chewbacca T 
Dirty Dicky T 
Hungry Wolf T 
Hunters Moon T 
Jump to Light Speed T 
Klahanie Crack T 
Local Boys Do Good T,S 
Man of Leisure T,S 
Never Say Never T 
No bolts TR 
Poultry in Motion T 
Skywalker T 
Split Decision T 
Urine too Deep T 

Shannon Falls Rock Climbing 

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Shannon Falls Provincial Park is reported to be the most often visited Provincial Park in BC. The climbing here is very good and the approaches are not long. Despite those advantages it doesn't seem to see that much climbing traffic. Perhaps the tourist popularity of the area is seen as a detraction. Rest assured that once you cross the creek and start climbing, you won't see them, except from way above, and you won't hear them thanks to the falls. This area is well worth a visit.

The left side of this area is home to some low-angle single and multipitch climbs of high quality. The most well-known of which are Klahanie Crack (5.7, 1 pitch), Local Boys Do Good (5.11a, 3 pitches) and Magic Carpet Ride (5.11+, 3 pitches). Further right from the falls, it is also home to some outstanding vertical climbs such as Man of Leisure (5.10b) and two testpiece cracks: Hungry Wolf (5.11b) and Hunter Moon (5.11d). Note that Hungry Wolf and Hunter Moon are reversed in Kevin McLane's 2005 edition of his guidebook (on the topo the 321 and 322 are reversed).

Getting There 

Park at the Shannon Falls Provincial Park lot which is just south of the Chief and about 3 miles north of Murrin Park.

Longer but better approach:

Walk along the driveway between the traffic lights and the parking lot. A trail heads east and in about 10 minutes takes you to the Local Boys area from which you can head right for all the other climbs.

Shorter, bushwack approach:

The a wide tourist trail takes you to the falls viewpoint. Before reaching the bridge, cross the creek on a large long and some rocks in the creek. You might get your feet wet in the spring.

Once on the other side a steep trail takes you straight up to base of Local Boys.

From the Local Boys Area:

A trail heads right and takes you to the right side ("The Gobsmacking Wall"). From the Local Boys area it's five or ten minutes to the far right side. To get to base of Hunter Moon and its companions you have to double back along a high ledge, whereas following the trail along the base will take you to the base of Man of Leisure.

Climbing Season

For the Squamish area.

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Shannon Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shannon Falls:
Klahanie Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Skywalker   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 300'   
Cardhu Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 130'   
Dirty Dicky   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Urine too Deep   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Split Decision   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Chewbacca   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Jump to Light Speed   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Man of Leisure   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   
Local Boys Do Good   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 350'   
Poultry in Motion   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
No bolts   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Charlotte's Ride to the Sky   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   
Never Say Never   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
Hungry Wolf   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
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Featured Route For Shannon Falls
Rock Climbing Photo: JessT linking P1 and 2, Chewbacca.

Chewbacca 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  North America : Canada : ... : Shannon Falls
Fantastic new addition. Steep, varied climbing and a nice departure from the usual Squamish corner. All bolted anchors.P1 - Easy face climbing leads to a short, steep tight hands/finger crack. 5.10-. Small ledge for the belay.P2 - Fun chimney/slot with good gear. Felt about 5.9 tops to me. Huge belay ledge.P3 - The money pitch. Climb the steep finger/hand crack until the little roof. While it looks like it should go up the corner, the climb tackles the short tight hand crack that angles r...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Aug 13, 2011
The trail up to Local Boys and then to Gobsmacking Wall is now extremely well traveled due to Skywalker (which descends the climber's right side). We got on the trail by backtracking on the Shannon Falls road until past the creek, and then a well marked trail takes off to the left.
By Chase Violet
Sep 4, 2016
Wasted almost an hour today trying to find the climb from the details here.

The longitude/latitude locations are pretty far off. The climb is on the right (south) side of the falls at 49.670033,-123.157773.

If you park in shannon falls parking lot. Get out of your car and walk back along the road towards the traffic light at the highway (at the entrance). You'll cross over the bridge the cars use (stay on the pedestrian path on the right). When you're about 50m from the traffic light, you'll see multiple trails (I counted 3) on the opposite (east) side of the road that all join to the main trail to Local Boys. You can't miss them. (The trail head is at 49.670033,-123.157773) One of those yellow "B.C. is Idle Free" signs is right next to the trail head.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jul 25, 2017
Hornet's Nest On Trail- as you approach Chewbacca (or descend from Skywalker), you'll pass a blue handline going up through some rooted soil. There is a large hornets nest in the ground here on the climbers left. Please step lightly- at least one or two people were stung yesterday.

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