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Cursed Crack T 
Cursing All The Way S 
Eye Catcher T 
Hand Slotter T 
Headbangers in Leather T 
Kitten Fists T 
Made From Fire T 
Meltdown T 
Persistance T 
Shock Collars for Christmas T 

Top Shelf Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,792'
Location: 49.6974, -123.1184 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mr. Stevens on Jul 20, 2015
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Top Shelf is a relatively new crag in the Squamish area that is stacked with high quality crack lines. The rock is bomber, the routes are clean, and the lines are aesthetic. My hat goes off to the folks who developed this area, as I'm sure it was no easy task to get this wall to the beautiful condition that it's in. The wall faces northwest and gets shade for most of the day. The base of the wall is very well maintained with logs and flat belay areas. Nearly all of the routes can be climbed with a 60 m rope (always tie knots!), most anchors have fixed draws on them for lowering (don't remove them!), and most folks will want a double set of cams from fingers to wide hands and a #4. It would not be out of the question to bring triples up to a #1 camalot, as many of the routes are so splitter! The only thing lacking at this wall are moderates. Most of the climbs are 5.10 and up, and the grades felt a bit harder than similarly graded climbs in the area. The wall is steeper than it appears, so the climbs tend to be pretty pumpy.

There are quite a few projects on the wall. Please respect those as the route developer has put a lot of hard work in to the line.

Additional info can be found at

Getting There 

From Squamish, drive about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) along the Mamquam Forest Service road. When you see the black and yellow "2 up" road sign, keep an eye out for pullouts on the left. There is a very large pullout first, and then a smaller one shortly after. The trailhead is on the right side of the road, closer to the second, small pullout.

Once on the approach trail, hike UPHILL for 20-30 minutes. The trail is easy to follow, but it is STEEP! One fixed rope, but mostly just switchbacks. The first climb you will see once you get to the wall is Eye Catcher (5.10+).

Eye Catcher is pretty much the middle of the wall. To the left, go up a short fixed rope. To the right, the wall should be obvious.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Top Shelf

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Top Shelf:
Cursed Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Eye Catcher   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Kitten Fists   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Hand Slotter   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Persistance   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Meltdown   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 50'   
Headbangers in Leather   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Made From Fire   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Eye Catcher 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  North America : Canada : ... : Top Shelf
Stem, jam, and layback your way up the beautiful open book with two small roofs. Starts out thin and gradually widens to thin hands at the top. Good one for the small handed folks. Might feel harder if you've got big mitts....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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