On my first day back at Squamish, we headed to Chek, at Chekeamus - a little out of character for me, since it’s a steep, pumpy, sport climbing area - all things I’m not very good at. But on a hot day, Chek provides shade, and it was time to work on my weaknesses.
Here, I’m leading pitch one of Sacrilege
Photos by Andy Cairns
We found a great climb: the three pitch long Sacrilege. The first pitch of Sacrilege comprises a left-tending steep ramp that begins with off -balance moves. After the first two clips, the available footholds are bigger, and a nice crack lends itself to jamming - of which I took full advantage!
Pitch two of Sacrilege. Photo by Andy Cairns
On pitch two, Andy continued up the corner, on good holds to another bolted belay. On pitch three we find the meat of the climb: lay-backing around a small bulge, and then continuing up and around flakes.
The climb is well worth all four stars, and a great addition to the limited availability of easier warm ups.
We descended with two rappels, using a 70-meter rope.
Rappeling from Sacrilege
Photo by Andy Cairns
At the Chek , or main, crag of the Cheakamus Canyon area.
From the parking area, turn right and pass the Foundation Wall , shoot to Kill Wall, Negative Wall, and Toxic Lichen Wall. Just before the the Circus, look for a ramp that trends up and left to bolted anchors. If continuing on to the second pitch, pass the first bolted anchor and head left to belay at the second anchor.