Jon Rigg and Chris Trull have continued with their aid explorations on The Chief in Squamish by opening new ground.

Their summer adventure took them up an unrepeated and unfinished 2002 project of Andrew Boyd and Ken Sharpe left of the Black Dyke.

Rigg and Trull added two new pitches to the old project and called the completed line Shoulders of Giants V 5.9 A4.

Jon and Chris putting together a first ascent on the Grand Wall! #firstascent

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They named it that to “honour the technical skill, boldness and badassery of those that explored this realm of The Chief before us; Andrew Boyd and Ken Sharpe, Perry Beckham and Dave Lane, you are giants among men.”

They spend a number of days in August piecing the hard line together. “It is an excellent and sustained wall route and not to be missed by those that enjoy engaging aid climbing,” said Rigg.

Earlier this summer, Rigg, Trull and Danny Guestrin made the first ascent of Pantera 5.10 A3+ on The Chief, read about it here. For a topo and more on Shoulder of Giants see here.

We have a piece on Rigg and Trull’s summer aid climbing in the October/November issue of Gripped magazine.

The wild pitch-six traverse.


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