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Watch a Whipper on a 5.10b on The Apron in Squamish

A climber wearing a headcam posted this video of himself taking a fall last summer

A climber named Ian Thompson uploaded a video of a whipper that he took in 2019 on The Apron in Squamish. A cam that he placed pulled and he escaped with only minor injuries.

Thompson said about the fall: “This was a video I took on the first pitch of Calculus Crack last July. This was definitely the scariest experience I have ever had leading a trad route. This pitch is a 5.10b variation of the famous Calculus Crack. One poorly placed cam could have cost me the rest of my climbing carrier and in different circumstances, I would not be here to share this.

“I have learned much from this experience; however, the major thing that would have saved me from this terrible accident was better preparedness. Lucky, I only came out with a sprained ankle and rope burn from where the rope wrapped around my neck during the fall. My biggest hope from posting this failure was for it to be a learning experience from beginning trad climbers. Be safe out there everyone”

Calculus Crack a popular moderate trad route on The Apron in Squamish that follows a number of slabs and cracks up the looker’s left side, it was first climbed by Fred Beckey ad Dave Beckstead in 1966. There are a number of variations.

One of the best ways to learn about trad climbing is to follow an experienced climber up some routes or by taking an instructional course with a certified guide. The fall takes place at 14:55. Be sure to follow Squamish Access Society below.

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IMPORTANT – LOGGING @ CHEK From May 19th (Tuesday) to early July logging will be occurring above Chek canyon recreation site. NO PARKING ON WEEKDAYS on the roadside below or above the climbing area/campsite at Chek Canyon (up to 20+ trucks per day will be travelling along the road). The defined lower lot (photo 2) is acceptable with no overflow outside the parking spaces. Please exercise extreme caution and yield to industrial traffic. We’ve been told there will be flagging to control traffic so please be patient and accommodating. Logging activity is anticipated to finish in early July. Any concerns, questions or issues that arise should be directed to the SAS email info@squamishaccess.ca

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