This route is only for anyone wishing to climb the East Lion the shorter but more technically demanding of the 2 Lions. There are two approaches as detailed on the main page the first is to drive through North Vancouver to the official Trailhead (Paul Binkert trail) and the second and perhaps easier route is from the downhill ski parking lot at Cypress Bowl along the Howe Sound Crest trail, around the west side of Mt. Strachan and then up Unnecessary mountain where you will find the base of the East and West Lion.Each hike is anywhere from 7 to 10 hours depending on one's level of fitness so prepare for a long day.
This is the standard line. It is a telltale band of vegetation that runs up the eastern face of the East Lion along a series of switchbacks and over some precarious ledges. One can stay clear of the bushes for the first half of the climb, by keeping to the left along the ledges, but for the second half as the ledges narrow it is unavoidable. Here you are also more exposed as well. For further information you can check out bivouac.com but you need to be a paid member to view their routes.
A helmet, a chalk bag, all weather gear, rigid boots or shoes... and if climbing in the winter an ice axe would be a good idea, though the route is more snow covered than ice covered. I will post more info. later after I ascertain whether there are any bolted sections because as far as I know it is more of a scramble than a technical climb.
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