Climbing Rambles and Banana Peel in Squamish

Recently myself and Spring got to climb a fun multi-pitch route in Squamish. We linked two climbs together, the first called “Rambles” and the second called “Banana Peel” making for 11 pitches in total. It goes at a relaxed 5.7 but it’s pretty run-out in spots. There are also a lot of pitches which only nose into Class 5 in difficulty.

This would be our first multi-pitch climb together so we wanted to focus on our climbing systems, protecting while lead climbing and moving efficiently.

We also got to get some “Alpine climbing” conditions for the last few pitches when it started raining on us. You really learn to place protection only when you need to when you are climbing against the rain you see approaching on the horizon. Thankfully the rock wasn’t fully slick by the time we topped out and we escaped without any falls.

We’re looking forward to many more rock climbing adventures in the future… with hopefully less rain.

 

First pitch of the day done!

First pitch of the day done!

Leigh at the top of pitch 2 on Rambles

Leigh at the top of pitch 2 on Rambles

Spring following 2nd pitch on Rambles

Spring following 2nd pitch on Rambles

Spring leading the 3rd pitch on Rambles

Spring leading the 3rd pitch on Rambles

Leigh following pitch 3 of Rambles

Leigh following pitch 3 of Rambles

Chalked up for the 3rd pitch on Banana Peel

Chalked up for the 3rd pitch on Banana Peel

Leigh belaying on pitch 5 of Banana Peel

Leigh belaying on pitch 5 of Banana Peel

Spring taking in the view at the top of the 5th pitch on Banana Peel

Spring taking in the view at the top of the 5th pitch on Banana Peel

Starting to rain at the top of the 7th pitch

Starting to rain at the top of the 7th pitch

Spring heading out on the final pitch of the day to beat the rain

Spring heading out on the final pitch of the day to beat the rain

Leigh following the last pitch of Banana Peel

Leigh following the last pitch of Banana Peel

The walk off from the Apron climbs

The walk off from the Apron climbs

Stoked to be living in Squamish!

Stoked to be living in Squamish!

Author: Leigh McClurg

I grew up in County Dublin, Ireland and moved to British Columbia, Canada with my wife in 2010. I fell in love with being in the Backcountry and Mountains that are all around me here and try to spend all of my free time exploring those wild places. My main goals are to chase happiness, see as much of this planet and its cultures as possible and grow every day through knowledge and experiences.

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