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Hits From The Bong is a Squamish 5.12 Splitter

Stu Smith climbs one of the best 5.12c crack lines close to town

In 2014, a new crag in Squamish called the Golden Nugget was opened. Hidden in the trees across the highway from Nightmare Rock in Murrin Park, it’s found above the cliff hosting the ice climb Nintendo 64.

Nearly 10 years ago, New Hampshire-based Connor Hurley and Squamish climber Paul McSorley established a 5.11a sport rig called Climb Free or Fly. Jorge Ackerman freed the burly 5.12b 18-Karat which has bolts and good gear placements. McSorley also made the first ascent of Hits from the Bong at 5.12c – it’s named for the old bong piton found in the crack.  Klemen Mali also established a line called Klem’s Line at 5.11.

Stu Smith recently made an ascent of Hits from the Bong and released a short video of his send. Smith said the route is “a pretty unknown fine splitter.”

McSorley on Hits from the Bong. Photo by Kleman Mali

Hits from the Bong