I've installed two rap stations for it. The top one is three metres below the anchor at the end of the Skywalker traverse pitch. The other one is on a large sloping ledge half way to the ground, plumb below the top anchor. (about 5m right of the where the route angles farthest to the left)
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single rack to #3 BD, doubles of 0.3-2
two raps off, approx 20m and 25m
Just before reaching the base of the Gobsmacking Wall, a small trail branches up to the left. The route climbs a right facing corner for 8m before tackling twin cracks and stemming through a steep wall. the upper half of the route is a spectacular hands to fingers to tips crack which ends with several thin face moves to the anchor. Two raps with a single rope will get you to the ground. The climbers who may appear to be on the route above you, are probably on the belay at the end of the Skywalker traverse.
I hope you get to check it out soon!
I'll try to add some photos soon, but I'm struggling with the externally hosted photo process.... grrr
Hi Kris:scrubber wrote:Just wanted to let folks know that I finished the cleaning and likely first free ascent of the old aid route Weeping Wall at Shannon Falls on November 15.
Thanks very much and I can't wait to give it a go. I really enjoyed the retro job you gave Hanging Gardens on the Papoose, too.
A proud start to Movember, despite a ban on spousal kisses until it's gone.
The end of the steep blocky lower portion of the route
Looking down the amazing crack.
The crack peters out, and a few face moves ensue.
Look closely for a tip-of-the-hat to the aid climb it once was. (Sorry, but you can't use it anymore
I also wished there was a bolt where the old aid bolt was hanging, but I'm not one to tell a scrubber how to set his routes - just giving some feedback.
Crack looks sweet though.
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A bit of a psychological challenge for sure but it's a clean fall...
All of the crack climbing leading up to the slab crux is really good!
I concur with the claim that this is arguably one of the best crack pitches in Squamish. Given that, having a runout slab crux finish seemed out of character with the true pleasure of the route (climbing the beautiful cracks) and detracts from its appeal, in my humble not-a-fan-of-runout-slab opinion.
A bolt in the vicinity of the old aid ring seems to make sense, both in terms of updating the route and tipping a hat to its history.
Glad I tried it once but will forgo repeating it unless a bolt is added.
I appreciate the hard work and vision that went into opening this route up.
Thanks for cleaning an awesome climb !We did it in two pitches just to make it easier for the belayer to watch the leader climb and communicate plus maybe getting less rope stretch when falling. So the 2nd pitch is great no need for an extra bolt took multiple whippers on a BD 0.4 and it was fine. Slabs are suppose to be run out people we're in Squamish! I did find 10c to be a bit stiff for the second pitch but going from crack to slab is always tricky. As for the first pitch I love the transition from going to first pitch to the second if you ended up splitting it in half, really fun ! Thanks again !
A few more thoughts to add to the "debate," for what it's worth. I can appreciate the merits of both sides: a spicy finish showcases the face climbing, a bolted face let's the long crack system be the star of the show.
One consequence of leaving it without a bolt could be that it appeals to a smaller audience and so it will get less traffic.
While the prospect of a fall ups the excitement factor for those define a good route by that standard, the people who have asked me about it after seeing the freshly cleaned crack quickly say "no thanks" when I tell them that the crux is an unprotected slab finish. Of course, this is not going to be everyone's response, but just something to throw out there.
Another thought is that if an unsuspecting leader is lured onto the route by the part of it they can see from the ground -- the crack -- they could be in for an unpleasant surprise once they hit the cruxy blank area between them and the anchor. If they are unable or unwilling to make those final face moves, it is not a simple matter to be lowered off from that last piece of gear with a 60m rope.
While you don't have to look far to find endless options for slab climbing in Squamish, both well-protected for the timid and runout for the adventurous, the crack portion of this route is unique and it is what will make people seek it out. I doubt climbers will flock to a new route simply for the opportunity to get scared or hurt on a face left intentionally unprotected even though it had an aid ring originally.
And a final thought... I know a few folks who are route developers from back in the day. When they put up their routes decades ago, they kept in mind that they'd eventually not feel so bold or strong as they did at the time and wanted to develop routes in a way that they could continue coming back to enjoy them even as their own youth faded. It turns out that the masses agree; their routes have become the classics.
I hope you get more feedback to help in your decision about the legacy you want to leave with this route. While I am voting for a bolt for mostly selfish reasons (what climber isn't selfish?), it really doesn't matter what I think because I did not put in the hard work to clean it and there are plenty of other routes out there to climb.
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