5/08/16 With Sam up St V... Something Dance and Butt Light.
Part of a 4 day road trip with Heather. We also did Price, Clinker, Brunswick, and Golden Ears. Canada is the shiznit!
spent ten days climbing on the Chief! The top is awesome, great views. Go get it!
Skipped Peak 1 and proceeded on two Peak 2 and 3. Views were far better from Peak 2 even though the actual high point of The Chief is on Peak 3. Tons of people on the trail during this warm, clear, spectacularly beautiful March day.
Bypassed Peak 1 to hit 2&3. Good, flat lunch spots at P2. P3 is a bit of a downclimb and scramble back up. Good views on all peaks.
Fun, steep hike to a great view of Squamish. Did Peak 1 and was not disappointed.
Amazing view to be had with very little effort.
Hiked the backside trail to the south summit and then did some climbing on Raven's Castle.
my cousin and i drove up from vancouver for the day with some friends, a really fun climb with great views
Probably the best view within a short drive and short hike from Vancouver. 30 minute drive and 30 minutes to the top!
Awesome climb up the backside trail. First time out did a 5hr rounder and bagged peaks 2 & 3...then came back Dec. 13th and took the conventional trail up to peak 1 with my sister for her first climb.
Will be back again in mid January to bag a snowy summit!
Traverse Trail-fantastic forest, granite, views. Boulders were exceptional as well.
Did Cruel Shoes to Mercy Me. Forgot my rock shoes so I wore a pair 3 sizes too big borrowed from my partner.
Took the tourist route up the back side with a 50lb pack. Bouldering on the green granite at the base was great. Definitely on my list for future travels!
5 successes (3 routes) getting up the impressive chief makes it a very special place to me. The last time with with Robin and Pascal in 2005.
I think Angels Crest remains my fav (once with Perry, first time starting at 1400 with Corey- awesome times!).
Three great weeks with only a couple of weather days. Ticked some real classics, highlights of which were Cruel Shoes to Grand Wall (11 pitches, 5.11a), Freeway (11 pitches 5.11d), and Alaska Highway (5 pitches, 5.11d) as well as red pointing Crime of the Century (5.11c) on the second burn.
Hiked up (the trail)with a 6 month old on my back. See all the pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/british_columbia/stawamus_chief/squamish_343.htm
What an awesome place to climb. Did:
Saint Vitus Dance Extra - Awesome 7 pitch linkup with Aaron and Doug (May 2009). I lead pitches 1, 4, and 6. The 5.9 pitches are a little easy for the grade, similar to Index 5.8.
Smoke Bluff Connection - Another great linkup. I lead pitch #2. Pitch #3 is the bomb.
Pixie Corner and Burgers and Fries - 2 nice single pitch cracks. Didn't like the topout on Burgers and Fries.
Klahanie Crack - Beautiful 5.7 handcrack. (2004)
I climbed in Squamish fairly frequently for about 10 years in the 80s - a few of the classic routes like "Clean Crack", "Caboose" and "Crescent Crack" are no longer open (a dam shame). My favourite route - probably "Crescent Crack", "Sunblessed", "Diedre", or "Exasperator". Actually, there's not too many bad routes there.
I had 8 climbing days here in September (never mind the three rainy ones) and got a lot of killer routes done, including topping out via the Millennium Falcon (14 pitches, 5.11b). But the most memorable was the day I didn't have a partner and went to free solo Diedre (5.8). I climbed up four pitches or so and thought it was really stiff for the grade and then the corner system went blank and bolts appeared on the wall and I realized I must be off route. I downclimbed the line and looked at the guidebook. Turns out I was on Unfinished Symphony (5.11b), having climbed 5.9 and 5.10 and turning around at the 5.10d section. Yikes!