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The Spirit of Squamish is New Eight-Pitch 5.8 at Shannon Falls

It will surely become a West Coast classic with steep cracks and fun slab.

Over the past year, there’s been a lot of development in Squamish. Huge new bolted climbs are being added to remote areas up FSRs, and new walls are being uncovered at close-to-town crags.

The Spirit of Squamish is a new eight-pitch 5.8 by¬†Aaron Kristiansen and Cameron Hunt that took around nine months of effort to establish. It’s an extension of the classic Klahanie Crack, one of the Top 100 climbs in the Sea to Sky. Kristiansen noted in his new-route report, “You may discover that this celebrated classic is not the best pitch on the route.”

For gear, you need a single rack to four inches with triples in the one and two. Below is the route description. To descend, hike down the Upper Falls Trail. Look for more on this route and new Squamish climbs in the next issue of Gripped. Thanks to Kristiansen and Hunt for the effort!

The Spirit of Squamish

Pitch 1: Climb the celebrated classic splitter hand/finger crack of Klahanie Crack, clip the chains and climb through the trees to a comfortable belay. (5.7)
Pitch 2: Low angle rock kicks back to steep lay back and dinner plate flakes, ending in a tight v groove to the trees above. (5.8)
Pitch 3: Climb the wide but easy crack you could use a #4 cam near the top, or just run it out. (5.6)
Pitch 4: Flakes, finger cracks, and wide bolt protected layback angle up left to gain a broad treed ledge. Walk climbers left to the end of a treed ledge. (5.7)
Pitch 5: Enjoy the climbing on the hands to narrowing fingers crack, but take a minute to take in your surrounding on this unique pitch. (5.8)
Pitch 6: A well bolted slab. Traverse right ending at a comfortable belay. (5.8)
Pitch 7: Steep. Transitioning corners open to easy terrain. (5.7)
Pitch 8: Up and right. One last mover over a steep step. (5.6)