The Apron is the low angled formation of granite that extends N. off of the Chief. There are many varied climbs on this formation from classic moderate crack climbs like St. Vitus Dance, or Diedre to runout scary slab climbs such as Unfinished Symphony, or Dancing in the Light. The granite in squamish is said by some to be better than Yosemite making it some of the best Granite in the world. The Apron is a wonderful place to climb and contains some of the best moderate routes in Squamish. The views of the sound and the surrounding mountains are spectacular. Some of the first established routes on the chief are on the Apron.
Start at a parking lot at the intersection of Highway 99 and a Mamquam Forest Service Road. Many trails from here depending on the climb you do. The Base of the Apron is thick forest and it can be tricky to find specific climbs.
Weather station 1.0 miles from here
38 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Apron
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Apron:
Banana Peel 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
PG13 Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'
Rambles 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, 4 pitches, 300'
Diedre 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 6 pitches
Vector 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Snake 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 5 pitches
Rock On 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 5 pitches, 400'
Featured Route For The Apron
Rock On Direct (aka Hard On) 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b North America
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This route is a variation to the first three pitches of the classic Rock On and can be done in one super-long pitch with a 70m rope, but is most commonly done in two pitches, saving the crux for the second pitch. After clipping a pair of bolts low on the first pitch, the climb ascends a corner system just left of Rock On. You will pass an anchor about ninety feet off the ground as you make your way up to a second anchor another seventy feet up. The climbing is characterized by stemming and layba...[more] Browse More Classics in International
The Apron. Diedre. Think this is the first or seco...
Simon starting the walk down the slab descent with...
Simon almost finished the slab descent. It breaks...
Apron and Grand. Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: The two people in red with white helmets are debat...
The longest forced runout on Banana Peel of a trav...
First pitch of Banana Peel 5.8...
BETA PHOTO: Traversing broadway to the forest trail.
Mike Morley follows a pitch up the Apron (June 200...
The Apron is seen from the side in this photo. Its...
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Jan 1, 2008
Skateboarding on the Apron: