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Hold Breaks on Busy Squamish Climb, Wear a Helmet

This is a friendly reminder to wear a helmet, even when sport climbing.

A large shark-fin hold has broken off the classic Cheakamus Canyon route called Rug Munchers on Forgotten Wall.

The steep 5.11d is a must-do, has over 150 logged ascents on Sendage.com and is one of the most fun seven-bolt routes of the grade.

On the Squamish Climbing Facebook page, Uriah Hoeft reported, “A large hold around the 4th bolt of Rug Munchers decided to ‘exfoliate three moves after I used it.

“A smaller portion domed my belayer and the larger nearly took out a bystander. Be careful out in the early season folks! Helmets save lives!”

Broken hold on Rug Munchers Photo Uriah Hoeft

Hoeft went on to talk about whether the grade had changed and said, “For those wondering about the grade we did climb it sans old jug.

“It left a new a jug a little lower that didn’t appear to make the climb easier or harder. It was never a one move wonder anyway so don’t fret if you had dreams of sending.”

Rug Munchers has steep and technical moves, is very sustained and has one good shake-out at the second bolt.

This won’t be the only hold that breaks this year so wear a helmet.

Watch a climb of Rug Munchers below. The hold that broke is the obvious big chalked-up one.