Marble Canyon is quickly becoming one of B.C.’s best places to visit for tall bolted multi-pitch routes. The Goat, a 19-pitch 5.9, started things off in 2018 and Guaranteed Rugged, a 33-pitch 5.10, was the cherry on top, proving the walls above Pavilion Lake hold classic climbing and a lot of potential.
This spring, Crystal Austin, Mike Mason and Danny O’Farrell completed yet another new bolted multi-pitch on the lower Apron wall. Called Beers With Birgit, the seven-pitch 5.10a follows mostly easy slabs with a few cruxes to an exciting final pitch that follows incut holds on excellent limestone.
The route starts just left of the seven-pitch Sneaky Pete 5.10d. The topo here says the first pitch goes at 5.8, but the base of the route has “5.9” painted on the stone – which helps identify the start. Bring 10 quickdraws and one 60-metre rope. You can rappel from station to station with ease.
The climb is still a little dirty because of its location below treed ledges, but the crux pitches are clean and solid. If you’re looking for a well-bolted moderate with a vertical finish in a beatiful setting then look no further.