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Starting up Dierdre - it's steeper than it looks!
Diedre climbs a small right facing dihedral on the right side of the central slab. Over 100m of consistent laybacking on nicely textured rock make this climb very popular; arrive early or be prepared to join a line.
P1. Begin up a low-angle slab to a horizontal break with a tree. Make a few face moves to a left-angling crack system and follow it up before making a slightly downward traverse across a small face as the cracks end. Follow a second crack system to an anchor on a ledge. 5.7, 55m.
P2. Climb a short distance above the ledge and make a slabby traverse across the face to the left. This unprotected pitch is hardest at the beginning, then eases before reaching an anchor on a good ledge. 5.6, 15 m.
P3. Layback and smear your way up the corner, making a move over a small step partway up. End at a semi-hanging belay. 5.8, 45 m.
P4. Continue up the obvious corner. Ignore the incipient calf cramp. 5.8, 50m.
P5. The climbing eases somewhat as the angle of the dihedral lessens. Belay at a nice ledge. 5.7, 50 m.
P6. The crack in the dihedral becomes a small seam and dissappears just as the angle of the wall becomes most forgiving. Smear and stem your way up to Broadway, overcoming a tricky bulge onto the ledge. The gear on this pitch is notably small and fairly run-out. The final move is easy to protect. 5.8, 40m.
Follow the trail from the parking lot past the toilet. Head left until reaching a 3rd class gully heading up and right. Climb the gully, then continue up the subsequent ledge system to the right, climbing a 3rd class step to a final ledge system which leads up and right to the low angle slabs of the south apron.
To descend: Continue up the Chief to more adventure, traverse Broadway ledge to the south to walk off, take the 3rd class slab descent, or, in a fix, rap the route (double ropes required).
Gear to 2", emphasizing stoppers and small cams. Bring nothing larger than a #2 camalot. If you want to sew the route up, doubles of small to mid-size stoppers and a few doubles of cams below 0.75 will serve you well. A pink tri-cam works well in a flaring scar on the final pitch. All belays are bolted.
Looking up at P3 and the start of the long corner ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking across the P2 traverse
Joanne Robertson somewhere on the first three pitc...
Joanne finishing the fourth pitch of Diedre.
Diedre from the Apron parking lot, highlighting th...
Free soloing Deidre....haha.
Andy on Diedre, July 2010
Kimberly enjoying the clean cracks!
looking up as my partner leads the fun pitches on ...
I think the 3rd pitch.
The Money pitches!
I thought that I had died and gone to well.... Sq...
Can you say kid in a candy store?
The Fabric of my Dreams
From: Spokane, WA
May 10, 2007
One can link Pitches 2 and 3 (as they are described here) with a 60m rope.
From: Olympia, WA
May 13, 2007
Diedre also makes a good first simul-climb. The rating is easy, the gear, aside from the runout slab portions, is plentiful and solid. And it'll get you past the multitude of parties that commonly choke the route's belay bolts.
|By John Wilder|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jun 27, 2007
have fun, but be careful if its wet. the top out is really wet right now and felt pretty spooky, but at least the gear is good.
great climb, would have been a 5 star route if it had been dry!
Sep 2, 2007
Really fun as a start to Ultimate Everything. We linked p1+p2, p3+p4, and p5+p6, but note pitch lengths as so nicely described above: this involves a fair amount of simulclimbing, at 5.8 (though it's quite soft at this grade). Bring as many finger-sized cams as you want, or perhaps a double set of stoppers - it eats pro!
|By Conor Raney|
From: Pinedale, WY
Oct 19, 2009
was a great climb!!! loved it!
From: Littleton, CO
Jun 8, 2011
rating: 5.8 PG13
An excellent route if you're looking to be introduced to The Chief.
My wife and I had only one day in Squamish and chose Diedre. It was a good choice to say the least.
Definitely link pitches 2 and 3 to save time. The crack is likely wet most of the time but, if you can keep your shoes dry, it's still very climbable and enjoyable.
The last pitch is super runout until the final few moves. Find a piton in a seem to your right, protect below it with a BD #2 and make a bouldery move over the ledge to the trees.
The exit through trees is beautiful.
|By Matt Hoffmann|
Apr 23, 2012
Fun route though but, often busy. If it is, there are a ton of other fantastic options right there. Pretty low angle the whole way, bring some smaller gear for the corner, plenty of nuts.
|By Colin Parker|
From: Idyllwild, CA
Jul 26, 2012
Climbed this today. With a 70m you can link pitches 1+2, 3+4, 5+6 to do Diedre in 3 long pitches total. You'll need to use long runners in a few places but the rope drag shouldn't be too bad. I know this sounds ridiculous, but really the pitch length estimates above are just way over-estimated.
Oct 10, 2012
If this is 5.8...Nutcracker must be 5.10. Nothing harder than 5.6 on this route.