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For the Tick-List: Life on Earth 5.10 Above Squamish

The 5.10c follows 240 metres of excellent and exposed climbing up Mount Habrich

Life on Earth is one of the most popular multi-pitch routes in the mountains above Squamish. It was first climbed in 1994 by Robin Barley, Nick Barley and Kevin McLane.

The five-pitch 240-metre 5.10c on the south buttress of Mount Habrich has a bit of a long approach, but the climbing is worth it. The rock is clean and featured and the upper pitches give great exposure. The climb follows cracks and low-angle stone to the top. The cruxes are bolt protected but here are some run-outs on easier sections.

To reach it, take the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and follow a mellow trail to a steep uphill that leads to the base. The first pitch follows fourth-class terrain to a ledge. The second is the first of four 5.10c pitches. It heads up a tricky face to a dihedral. Pitches three and four go over a bulge, into a groove and up a steep prow. Following the arete to the face above will bring you to the final 5.10b pitch.

You only need a single rack of cams to four inches, with nuts, and 12 quickdraws. Double ropes are required for the rappel. All belays are bolted. Watch an interactive video of Emilie Pellerin and Vikki Weldon on Life on Earth below.

Life on Earth follows the obvious sun/shade line up the prow on Habrich

Life on Earth

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