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This climb is one of the best I have ever done! It follows a continuous crack system for almost 900 feet and has everything from fingers to offwidth. The following description is as my partner and I climbed it which was in six long pitches with a 60m rope. Done this way we thought that every pitch was in the 5.10 range. Bring two ropes to rap off (we had a tag line) and some warm clothes since you'll be in the shade for most of the climb.
P1: Climb up a steep right facing dihedral with two cracks and pull through a slight overhang on the left. Continue up an obvious crack bypassing the first anchor. The crack gradually widens to an offwidth as the wall gets steeper. Work your way up the solid 5.10 OW and pull onto lower angle rock to another anchor. I thought this pitch felt about 5.10c.
P2: Continue up the crack for about 10' until you get to another crack that angles slightly up and right. Hand traverse right until the crack starts heading straight up again and follow it past an anchor into a perfect 2" crack. Layback to the right off a wide crack and into a dihedral and belay at the anchor. (Note: I was about 5' short of the anchor so we had to simul-climb to reach it).
P3: Continue up the dihedral till you get to another overhang. Power through a crack near the left side of the overhang and then traverse back right to gain another crack that continues up and belays about 20' below the crux roof. This pitch is probably hard 10.
P4: The crux of this pitch and the whole climb is obvious. Climb up 20' until your beneath a large corner roof. Plug a couple pieces at the lip and fire it, I didn't think this was to hard, just don't hang out or fiddle with gear until your back on your feet. Climb past an anchor and up another overhanging bulge to a good belay stance.
P5: Follow the cracks up and slightly right in a left facing dihedral from what I can recall. The crack will gradually go back left following a large flake until you get to a stance beneath a splitter wide-hands/fist crack.
P6: This pitch is the icing on the cake. Jam the steep hand and fist crack for about 100' until the crack splits left and right. If your spent you might want to consider going left at about 5.8 but it would be a shame to miss the crack heading right. Hand traverse right with great exposure and into a perfect hand crack that heads up and back left. As the crack comes to an end place one last piece and pull a few hard face moves to top out. This pitch is long but a 60m rope will just make it.
At this point you can rap back down the way you came up or jump onto one of the other routes nearby if you want to go to the summit.
This route is on the north side of Snowpatch Spire and not to hard to spot from the ground, just look for the offwidth. Head up the Snowpatch-Bugaboo Col and traverse left about halfway up to a ledge covered with loose rock. The start is almost directly below the offwidth/chimney that can be seen from the ledge and to the right of a large block dihedral. To get down just rap the route, two ropes are probably needed.
Bring doubles from probably about .5" to 3" and at least one 3.5", 4" and 4.5" (you might want two 4.5's for the OW). All the anchors are slung webbing or fixed nuts and pins so you might want to bring some extra webbing.
My well worn hands after Sunshine Crack.
BETA PHOTO: North side of Snowpatch Spire seen from lower part...
D. Snipes on the 1st pitch of Sunshine Crack
Andrew G. coming up the layback on pitch 3.
upper pitch of Sunshine crack
Unknown Climber on Pitch 2. Bugaboo Corner follows...
Pitch 6. Some of that notorious Bugs weather.
Gomoll slaying p2. Sunshine Cracks (11-), Snowpat...
Sunshine: the the sweetest crack in the Bugs!
The last pitch as seen from Bugaboo Spire
Final moves on the last pitch.
The pitch 2 offwidth.
|Comments on Sunshine Crack
|By George Bell|
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 23, 2007
I've climbed "Bugaboo Corner", where is that in relation to this climb? Don't they share some pitches?
|By Steven Lucarelli|
From: Moab, UT
Mar 28, 2007
Yes they start in the same place and share the first two pitches. On the third pitch Sunshine crack breaks right after about 20' or 30' and follows a hand size crack that traverses up and right into a different crack system.
|By Dane Peterson|
Aug 6, 2008
This is one hell of a route. Definitely some of the most spectacular pitches I have ever climbed with every pitch being high quality. There are two stainless bolts w/ rap rings at every anchor (man those Canadians know how to do it) and two ropes make rapping very quick. We took two #5's and I sure used them (my OW technique is pretty pathetic) We ended on pitch 6 when we got 5 inches of snow in a few minutes but this line made the whole trip.
|By Steven Lucarelli|
From: Moab, UT
Jan 12, 2009
Those stainless bolt anchors must be new since I was there in 2006.
|By Peter Winter|
Aug 19, 2010
As the above description reduces it to 6 pitches I would suggest the following version referencing the guidebook:
Link pitches 1 & 2, so easy climbing to the offwidth (need #5 camalot but there is a chalkstone with tat halfway up) and then belay at the second chain anchor.
Pitch 3 on it's own, as it's draggy, belay at the chains.
Link pitches 4 & 5
Link pitches 6 & 7 as the belay for pitch 6 would be a gear belay and it's all straight.
Pitches 8,9,10 on their own.
Note! The final pitch requires #4 camalots and you'll be bumbing them if you don't have a bunch, unless you like to run it out and the right hand variation takes #2's. Mega!
|By Michael Ybarra|
From: on the road
Aug 30, 2010
I'd strongly suggest linking the last two pitches, for one of the best rope lengths you'll ever get. Otherwise you'll need a gear belay between them and since the first part takes only 4s and doesn't have a ledge, you might as well keep going. Definitely go right.
From: North Vancouver, BC
Dec 19, 2012
Maybe the best climb I've ever done. Every pitch is amazing.
We followed the guidebook description for pitches, with the exception of linking the last two. It would make sense to link pitches 6 and 7 though, and I would do this the next time.
One BD 5 was plenty for the offwidth as there was a fixed chockstone with tat on it that you could clip. This pitch was easier than expected.
Bring all your 4's for the penultimate pitch. That's all it will take. Old 3.5's will fit.
I'm sure it's been said, but it's cold. We had long johns and shared a puffy. The only sun is near the top of the route.
From: North Vancouver, BC
Aug 12, 2013
I stand corrected. BD 3's will fit in the final pitch, in spots.
On the 3rd pitch, the roof that used to be there fell off. There is just a scar there now, with good pro.