Route development in Squamish continues to move forward thanks to the hard work of a few dedicated climbers. Read Between the Lines is a new four-pitch 5.8 on the Apron in Squamish with an option 5.10 fifth-pitch. The first pitch is a great alternative to the first pitch of Snake. And now you can climb Read Between the Lines into Unfinished Symphony 5.11.

The new route links some old pitches of Anxiety State and Trivia that grew over with foliage years ago with some new ground. Like many modern routes, it pieces together some excellent climbing that took many hours to clean. It already has dozens of repeats. The first two pitches are like Klahanie Crack, but longer.

It starts to the left of Snake and climbs up through the traverse pitch of Snake following four pitches of 5.8. Pitch descriptions below. Sure to become a classic. Support development in Squamish here.

Splitter pitch two of Read Between the Lines 5.8. Photo Kris Wild

Read Between the Lines

Approach: The route begins at the base of the ramp that leads to the start of Snake. This open area is a nice spot to leave your shoes, since you’ll be rapping back down.
Pitch one: Step left off of the ramp to enter the splitter finger crack and follow it all the way up to a bolted anchor near the huge fir tree that marks the end of the first pitch of Snake. (5.8 45m). This makes for an enjoyable alternate first pitch to Snake.
Pitch two: Cross Snake and follow the same crack system for another 40 metres until it peters out, then up the slab past a bolt to an anchor below the large treed ledge (5.8 45m).
Pitch three: A short pitch up right of the mossy corner above. Follow a horizontal crack right to belay at the large fir tree (5.7 30m).
Pitch four: Up the right-facing corner of Anxiety State to a belay. (5.7 30m). You can begin the raps from here.
Pitch five: (Optional) Follow the corner higher until possible to face climb up the left wall into a narrow ramp above. Up the ramp past a few bolts, then good gear allows a step down right to a rap station (5.10a 30m).
Descent: Four 30m raps will land you just to the right of the start of Snake.

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