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Centerfold T 
Hairpin T 
Hanging Gardens T 
Laid Back T 
Limbo T 
Mercury Vapour T 
Mushroom T 
Obsession T 
Pamplemousse T,S 
Papoose One T 
Survival Enhancement T 
Transit of Venus T 

The Papoose Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: The Gravel Diving Albatross on Nov 15, 2006
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Multipitch wall with many great lines on it. The top gives you some great views of the Chief. Definitely worth checking out if you will be in Squamish for a while.

There's quite a lot of retro-scrubbing and new route activity going on (2011/2012). Hanging Gardens, for example, is now a clean 10+ that is reportedly very good with a hard (but protected) slab crux.

Many new routes have been added since the 2012 guide. See this topo for more details

Getting There 

The Papoose is about a half mile to a mile south of the Chief camping area. Park at Shannon Falls. Walk down the road about 100 yards, and then dive down a short hill towards the wall.


McLane's book shows a walk-off to the south. As Andy notes, the walk-off to the north is straightforward and works well. Follow the cliff edge north until the trail becomes obvious. Some routes can be rapped, but unless noted in the route description, don't assume you can get down with a single 70m.

Climbing Season

For the Squamish area.

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Papoose

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Papoose:
Mushroom   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Laid Back   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Hairpin   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Transit of Venus   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Mercury Vapour   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Centerfold   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Papoose One   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   
Hanging Gardens   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Gravel Diving Albatross on the crux pitch of H...

Hairpin 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  North America : Canada : ... : The Papoose
First pitch is a very interesting traversing 5.8 crack, and a wave like rock. Second pitch is the crux. It is a beautiful thin hands/finder crack and goes at 10a. From there you get a couple 5.9 pitches, and then it eases off....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Aug 4, 2009
A well worn (and marked) descent path heads climber's left from the top. It eventually hits the road where you began the hike to the wall, and you can follow that back to your packs.
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
May 11, 2012
The Papoose is bigger and better than it looks from the road, definitely worth checking out.
By Mark Roberts
From: Vancouver, BC
Aug 7, 2012
Jesus, tried the South walkout as recommended by McLane's guidebook. WTF. Sketchy at the best of times, then after you've gone sufficiently far down the trail just starts to evaporate. It's completely overgrown, we hiked back up and found the great trail that heads North, which is pleasant and obvious.
By Mark van Eijk
Sep 9, 2014
Tried the rap line just south of the top-out of Hairpin. Reaching the first station was barely possible when hitting the knots on the end of our 70m. My partner and I both spent a lot of time looking for intermediate anchors but saw nothing. If you go this route with a 60 you will not make it.

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