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Blazing Saddles 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Mike Beaubien, John Simpson, Perry Beckham 1982
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Submitted By: Andy Laakmann on Aug 22, 2007

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Kathleen pulling the roof on the money pitch. A co...


This climb is usually approached via the first two pitches of Borderline (5.10b, 5.8).

P1 - 5.10a - From the big treed ledge (aka The Terrace), head up the left facing corner on the far left side. A few moves of 5.9 laybacking lead to a stemmy/chimneyish exit move. Bolted anchor.

P2 - 5.10b - The money pitch. This thing is SWEET. Continue up the corner and make some moves over, on, and around the big, scary flake. This flake isn't going to last forever, and it'll be a bad day when it falls. Work the two parallel cracks (one is 3-5" and the other is 1-2") up the leaning wall until at the roof. The cracks offer excellent jamming, but the entire face leans to the right which significantly increases the pump! Undercling out the roof (green camalots) and pull the roof (crux) to another 10-15 feet of thin jamming. I didn't have a green camalot available when pulling the roof and was unhappy about it..... Bolted anchor.


Far left side of The Terrace below the Sheriff's badge. Usually approached via the first two pitches of Borderline.

Rappel the route with one or two ropes.


Nuts and two sets of cams from #0.5-#3 camalot. You might want to throw in an extra green and red camalots, as the crack is mainly 1-2".

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Leading the first pitch.  The twin cracks leading to the roof (p2) are visible above.
BETA PHOTO: Leading the first pitch. The twin cracks leading ...
The ride, to the roof.
BETA PHOTO: The ride, to the roof.
negotiating the roof on the 2nd pitch
negotiating the roof on the 2nd pitch
Pulling the Roof
Pulling the Roof
Brad wishing he had saved the right gear for the roof (#.75 Camalot).  Once he pulled around the roof he wanted those pieces even more.
Brad wishing he had saved the right gear for the r...
The first pitch of Borderline.  Brad was sorting a rope tangle so I got out the camera.  In the forest, the wall has a cragging atmosphere, but as soon as you're actually on the face, with the Sheriff's Badge above and views all around the Squamish Valley, it suddenly feels like a very big wall.
The first pitch of Borderline. Brad was sorting a...
2nd pitch
2nd pitch
Brad leading the second pitch of Borderline.  The 11c crux is visible above, but Brad is traversing over to approach Blazing Saddles.  Done this way, the pitch is 5.9, although before making the traverse, it looks like it's going to be harder.
Brad leading the second pitch of Borderline. The ...
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles

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By Doug D
From: Park City, Utah
Aug 28, 2007

We linked the first two pitches of Borderline with a 70. And linked Blazing Saddles and did it in one. Great climb.
By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
May 26, 2008

It would be easy to miss the first bolted belay on Borderline. After you pull up through some trees on the first pitch and get to a great ledge, look around the corner to the left. The bolts are there, presumably to make pulling rappel ropes easier. I could easily imagine missing them and building a gear belay. On our way down there was another party who had missed them.

As Andy mentioned, for the second pitch of Blazing Saddles, save a piece or two for after you pull the roof. .75 Camalot is perfect, but some large nuts work too. This is definitely the most strenuous part, so the ideal would be to have two .75s and place one at the lip and one between the lip and the anchor.
By danelle
From: Seattle, WA
Aug 24, 2008

Did this route to free an enticing yellow cam. Um LOOSE SHIT on this route strange since it is so popular..Stepped on a block that nearly missed my belayer. Be careful.
By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Jul 30, 2009

I agree with Danielle. I did the route again and there are definitely some sketchy loose blocks. I'd bring 3x#0.75 camalots if you are squeemish, and save 2 of them for the roof and topout. A stiff 10b for Squamish.

#3 camalots did not fit in the left/bigger crack... A #4 would fit, but you are better off bring more tight hands pieces and placing them in the right crack.

Watch out pulling your ropes... as they like to snag at the base of p2.
By claramie
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 8, 2011

you could take new #4 camalots and sew up the fist crack at left if you didn't want to mess with .75s / #1s and #2s behind the flake. I disagree with placing a piece or two above the roof as this will get your rope stuck if it sucks in there. Maybe my method wasn't amazing either (placing a .5 right above the #4 crack in the roof then running it out to the anchors) but it does allow the rope to run through the crack instead of across the edge of the lip for the second. Amazing money pitch that shouldn't be missed! You can climb the whole thing on a single 70 and manage to rap back down to the start of borderline (use the tree tat rap partway up borderline P1).
By Colin Parker
From: Idyllwild, CA
Aug 11, 2012
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

We climbed this a couple weeks ago and I'd like to confirm that the loose stuff has been removed. Other than the massive flake, this thing is secure. Also, one more vote for linking the pitches.
Jul 10, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

YEEEEHAW! The second pitch is among the best I've done in Squamish.