Steve and I are enjoying fall on the Howe Sound. Squamish has always been a place that I wish I could get to more. It is a granite climbers Disneyland. We are up here for 4 days and the first day was great. We did 2 + routes on the Squaw. The wetness factor dictate that we do a variation of Birds of Prey. The start 5.8 thin crack was fantastic. We then had to work the newer routes to the left for a fun, dryer finish. The Great Game was dryish and super spectacular! Pitch 1 (5.10d) was a thin crack traverse that was super splitter. The next pitch (also .10d)was out of this world.
Day 2 , we are finding some wet and dry routes at the base of the Grand Wall. Rutabega was wet, Exasperator was dry,
I really struggled with this particular thin crack (Exasperater) as it was. My fingers were just too big. I made it up it though, and thought it felt much harder than 10.c. It was one of the highlights of the trip, there were many.
day 3: There are a couple more 5 star thin cracks on X-crag that we really enjoyed. My favorite was Supervalue-10.c. Steve enjoyed Centre Street, Kangaroo Corner, and Yorkshire Gripper. Squamish is so great for thin cracks, which happens to be my favorite crack size.
We got in 23 pitches, only a couple were multi- pitch. Nearly all were highest quality routes. Thanks Steve for the invite and for the new friends as well!
Thanks Perry and Nadine!, and Jeremy and Shara too!