Babe’s Crack is a fine line at the top right side of the Apron in Squamish, just below the Pan Wall. It was first tried about 10 years ago by Tony McLane and Nick Elson on aid, but they bailed low on the pitch.
In 2013, Jon Rigg and Danny Guestrin made the first ascent by aiding the thin crack. Earlier this month, Squamish crack crusher Stu Smith made the first free ascent at 5.12-. Watch Smith’s shaky headcam footage below.
“Approach as for the buttress but just after the trail squeezes between the two large boulders in the forest take a right off the trail, hike down for a moment then follow rough trail along cliff for two minutes,” said Smith. “The belay is accessed by a rap off a large tree. Good exposure as you step off the ledge and traverse steep crimps before gaining steep physical crack. Gear from tips to hands.”
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