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Watch a Send of Flight of the Challenger at Murrin

Flight of the Challenger is an all-time classic on the Pet Wall at Murrin Park.

The steep 5.12c gear route climbs past cracks and splitter features to an upper groove. It can be divided into the “juggy” lower section and the technical upper section.

Andrew Boyd on Flight of the Challenger in the 1990s. Photo Rich Wheater

The first few moves are fun side-pulls that lead to a big hold. Then you head up past slopers and flakes to a rest.

Another long reach gets you to the polished bulge and lip. Head into fingerlocks and continue up the shallow flare and seam to a wider crack. The top has a sting in the tail.

Jasmin Caton on Flight of the Challenger. Photo Rich Wheater

First climbed in 1986 by Dave Lane, it has gone on to be repeated by most serious Squamish climbers. About 10 years ago, a fixed piton pulled when a climber fell.

Its replacement pulled a few years later. There was talk of adding a bolt, luckily no one did.

Watch Drew Marshall in this video by Stu Smith.