Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Squamish 2.0

After 2 days of cragging (Smoke Bluffs and Murrin Park) and the forecast declining we took the opportunity to multi-pitch on the classic and oh-so-popular Route Skywalker at Shannon Falls. The weather (and forecast) became intermittently rainy the next few days so we continued to Crag.  Meanwhile, we enjoyed the company of Margie and Ron at our campsite for a couple of nights!

Randy headed to Vancouver the day before the rains came in.  Annie and I climbed Laughing Crack at Smoke Bluffs, the highlight before bailing out of Squamish.  Plenty of fun but sad to leave Squamish without getting in a long route on the Chief or Apron. Climbers advised us to head east to Skaha where the climate and climbing would be dry and warm.  The drive over Duffey Lake Pass was breathtaking albeit a bit long - so worth the views!  The climbing at Skaha Bluffs was an extraordinarily pleasant diversion. For 2 days we climbed on dry Gneiss while Squamish recurved 100 millimeters of rain in a day.
Pitch 2 of Skywalker is a steep and slippery start.  The climbers
below Annie are Randy (3rd in our team), others awaiting
their turns on the Pitch 1 ledge and on the ground, you can see
the line up of climbers.  It is said this is the most popular
multi-pitch that always has a line.  Good luck!

The traverse on Pitch 4 is a stroll - like walking across a tilted tabletop. Nice view!
The fixed anchor starting Pitch 4 - "may the force be with you"

Annie traversing across the Skywalker pitch
Topout Skywalker
View of the Sound at the top of Skywalker

The proof is in the sluggin'
Rainy day activity
Five Friends at MTN Fun Basecamp in Squamish

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