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The Apron is the low angled formation of granite that extends N. off of the Chief. There are many varied climbs on this formation from classic moderate crack climbs like St. Vitus Dance, or Diedre to runout scary slab climbs such as Unfinished Symphony, or Dancing in the Light. The granite in squamish is said by some to be better than Yosemite making it some of the best Granite in the world. The Apron is a wonderful place to climb and contains some of the best moderate routes in Squamish. The views of the sound and the surrounding mountains are spectacular. Some of the first established routes on the chief are on the Apron.
Start at a parking lot at the intersection of Highway 99 and a Mamquam Forest Service Road. Many trails from here depending on the climb you do. The Base of the Apron is thick forest and it can be tricky to find specific climbs.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Apron:
Boomstick Crack 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Bannana Peel 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'
Diedre 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 6 pitches
Calculus Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13 Trad, 3 pitches
Rambles 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 4 pitches, 300'
Sickle 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
Snake 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 5 pitches
South Arete 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches
Vector 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
St. Vitus' Dance 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 5 pitches, 600'
Memorial Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 100'
The Bottom Line 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 150'
Karen's Math 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13 Trad, 50'
Dances with Pigs 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13 Sport, 3 pitches, 300'
Over The Rainbow 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 600'
Rock On 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 5 pitches, 400'
Rock On Direct (aka Hard On) 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 230'
Start From Scratch 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Dream Symphony 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 7 pitches
Unfinished Symphony 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 800'
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Snake 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a North America : Canada : ... : The Apron
This a really good route, and a nice option to avoid the crowds on Diedre, with only a few moves that are harder than climbing the latter. There are a couple of undercling traverses that are high in the grade.Pitch 1: (5.7) Up the obvious corner off the ledge to a bolted anchorPitch 2: (5.9) Continue to move left, I followed a finger crack to the next belay, called "the stage"Pitch 3 (5.9) Up the corner to next ledge.Pitch 4 (5.9) This for me was the crux pitch. Up and to the right, traversin...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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