As Canada and the U.S.A. prepare to close their border amid the coronavirus outbreak, with a few essential exceptions, Canadian climbers can take a sigh of relief knowing that in one of our climbing capitals climbers are still establishing splitter new routes.
Nobody should be travelling right now, so add this to the post-covid-19-road-trip tick-list along with any other classics you were hoping to climb in spring 2020.
The new route is on the Apron, is called St. Bernard and goes at 5.9 in four pitches. Climbed by Aaron Kristiansen and Cameron Hunt on March 16,
Kristiansen told climbers on the Squamish Climbing Facebook page: “Approach. Climb the standard approach pitch of St. Vitus Dance to lower Baseline Ledge. pitch one: step off the cut stump and climb the hand crack to its top then transition left to gain Baseline Ledge (5.9) / pitch two. climb the cracks left St. Vitus Dance to gain a bolted anchor (5.8) / pitch three: climb up through short cracks and pods to gain a foot ledge, transition right to gain pitch-three of St. Vitus dance. Finish St. Vitus Dance. Rack to 4 inches. Double hand sizes.”