The Prow Wall Rock Climbing
The summit of The Prow Wall photo by Jeff Lewis
The highest west facing wall in the South Gully. Easily viewed from the Squamish Buttress. Recognizable by the major prow like corner capped by a jutting roof, a popular launch point for base jumpers. The first ascent was in 1968, details and route description sketchy.
One of the cleanest, most aesthetic formations on the Chief.
Approach via the Apron to Kashmir Wall. From Kasmir walk ten minutes up the South Gulley. First pitch not obvious until your underneath it. This pitch deposits you on ledge underneath Teddy Bears Picnic and Gravity Bong.
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For The Prow Wall
UnBearable 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a North America
: ... : The Prow Wall
After climbing 2 of the hard routes on the Prow Wall (there are no easy routes here!) I spotted a line to the top that looked like the easiest way up the Prow wall, thinking it would be nice to do a free route up this amazing piece of stone that wasn't 5.13! The result is a bit easier, sharing pitches from T-Bears and Gravity Bong, with 4 new pitches of stellar crack climbing.p1. 5.11a. Same as Gravity Bong, originally graded 10c, but expect 11a awkward flare climbing on the bottom half. At t...[more] Browse More Classics in International
Looking up South Gulley from the Buttress trail.
By Christopher Barlow
Aug 26, 2014
I climbed on the Prow Wall three times recently. For what it's worth, I thought the approach from the top of the Apron, up South Gully, to the bottom of the Prow Wall was pretty rough: slimy, loose, mosquito-infested, and steep. Then, the flared right-facing corner access pitch was wet, like running with water. It was still climbable but more stressful than 10+ ought to be. That said, it's kind of a fun, novel challenge to climb the water and grime.
Likewise, hiking to the top of the Prow Wall via the 2nd Peak Trail is steep but straightforward. Going at a fairly mild pace, it took us an hour to get up there - a good bit less than climbing Rock On and scrambling South Gully. Furthermore, rapping a given route allows you to stash water and other gear at ledges (no hauling necessary!) and is super straightforward due to numerous bolted anchors and steep, clean pulls. The only drawback is that you may need two ropes, but I'm pretty sure a 70m will work to rap Teddy Bear's with some minor shenanigans to clip directionals on the steep pitches. Rapping Teddy Bear's lands you on the tree ledge above the access pitch; then you can decide for yourself if you must go all the way down.