The recent rockfalls in Squamish have decimated trees, left classic routes missing key sections or entire pitches, and left locals wondering what will crumble next. The most recent rockfall included pitches two and three of the Black Dyke route, read more here.
The Squamish Access Society (SAS) has announced that a number of popular boulders are now closed until further notice, mostly due to the chance that more rockfall could take place before summer is over.
The bouldering closure has also been massively extended and includes all the following areas: Survivor, Thighmaster, Viper, Black Dyke, Octagon, Superfly, Lipsmack, Undertow, Mantel Madness, and Gilligan’s Island. “This obviously represents a large chunk of the best bouldering in Squamish, but there is a very real risk of further rockfall,” said the SAS. “Judging by the damage to the forest and boulders in the runout zone, it’s incredibly lucky this happened in the middle of the night.”
The closure of routes has been expanded further right and now also encompasses all the routes from the Black Dyke to Deadend Dihedral. Popular climbs affected include multipitches Sunset Strip and Millennium Falcon as well as the classic single pitch Arrowroot.
“We will work with BC Parks to provide the community with information as they assess the area, but we ask everyone to be patient and stay away from the closed areas.”