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The Petrifying Wall feels unique in Squamish. It's a long crag of rope-stretching, dead vertical climbs on super compact fine textured granite. The climbs are mostly sport, but a few of Squamish's best trad lines are here. The sheer number of high quality hard sport climbs on this one crag is impressive: at least 6 at 5.13, 25 at 5.12, 21 at 5.11. There are few 5.10s, but not many and they aren't popular. Be prepared for very technical climbing on small edges with long reaches.

The most popular climb, partly because it's the easiest good climb, is Pleasant Pheasant at 5.10d. Burning Down the Couch at 5.11d is considered one of the best. Flingus Cling gets high marks as an introductory 5.12b and Flight of the Challenger is a trad testpiece at 5.12c and you might well see people on it.

Getting There 

Walk along the trail around Browning Lake, past the picnic benches and past the trail leading up to Zoe. There's a fairly obvious trail that heads west to the south of Zoe, goes over a little rise and the curves south. You'll know when you've arrived. It's about 15 minutes from the parking lot.

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Petrifying Wall:
Heavy Petting Action   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Even Steven   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 105'   
Pleasant Pheasant   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
No Name Road   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Elastic Man   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 65'   
Burning Down the Couch   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Black Water   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
The Flingus Cling   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Flight of the Challenger   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Brad starting The Flingus Cling.

The Flingus Cling 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b  North America : Canada : ... : Petrifying Wall
This is probably the most climbed 12 at the Pet Wall. It's often called a good first 12b. It's probably not a soft 12b, but it's one that can be worked more easily than others because it gets easier as the sequences are learned.Two really solid cruxes are joined by sustained climbing and a slightly slopey finish make this a very fun outing....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Mar 23, 2008

Good video of someone climbing a route called 2001:

By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Aug 27, 2008

Regarding Aimee's question about the base. It's quite flat and pretty toddler friendly except for the drop off where the level of the base changes by twenty feet at the base of The Flingus Cling.