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Squamish Gets New Routes from 5.5 to 5.12

The rock season has gotten off to a great start in Squamish with a few new routes and a new crag opening at Murrin Park.

Chris Small of the Squamish Access Society has been busy cleaning granite and discovered a new finger crack. After telling crack climbing specialist Stu Smith about the new line, Smith made the first free ascent of what he calls In the Eyes of a Frog.

In the Eyes of a Frog 5.12. Photo Stu Smith

“Big thanks to Chris Small who cleaned and put the anchors in on this route and pointed me to it,” noted Smith after.

“As for the name, while pumped out of my mind about to throw for the last finger lock I looked into the crack and starring out at me was the prettiest frog I had ever seen, we had a moment and he got me to the top.”

Small’s new area is next to the Reacharound at Lakeside in the Woods and has a number of moderate routes, from 5.5 to 5.9. Find a map and topo here and for more info on other routes at Lakeside see here.

In Paradise Valley, Tom Wright climbed the new Peri Peri 5.11a. On Sendage.com he wrote, “Located to the right of the main wall – fun face climbing follows the thin seam to a roof manoeuvre and layback crack to finish.” Click on clip below to watch.

Over in the North Wall Boulders, Miles Adamson climbed a potentially new V10. He noted after, “We’ll see if someone pops up saying this isn’t an FA.

“It’s the dihedral on the back of the Hydra Boulder. Start on the jug. Amazing problem.”