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Watch Send of Queen Bee 5.13c in Squamish

The Paradise Valley route is one of the best climbs at the grade in B.C.

Queen Bee 5.13c is on the Paradise Wall in Paradise Valley, Squamish. The granite sport route was established by Stewart Hughes as the first to scale the impressive cliff. Local climber Tom Wright said about the route, “An endurance testpiece with multiple cruxes and good rests for a full 35 metres.”

Watch as Braden Bester fights his way up the stout route in a film by Simon Yamanoto. After his send, he said, “Proud to climb this phenomenal route. One of my favourite and highest quality lines I’ve come across. Hardest 5.13c I have tried imo. Many, many places to blow it throughout.”

A number of repeat sends have suggested that it’s one the harder end of 5.13c. Jared Nelson said, “Best of the grade in Squamish. The features and climbing on this route are unbelievably cool. And the climbing just keeps going.”

The route description is: Tricky climbing brings you to a good rest below a roof. From here it’s sustained on great rock leading left to a good rest, and then back right, eventually sharing an anchor with Spirit of the West 5.14a. Long and pumpy.”

Queen Bee 5.13c