Squamish - Chekeamus - Sacrilege
Posted by sibylle in Canada and PNW (Saturday August 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm)

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!

sacrilege 2.jpg

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.
sacrilege .jpg

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.

3 comments for Squamish - Chekeamus - Sacrilege »

  1. […] This summer in Squamish started with hot, sunny days that sent us to hide in the shady cliffs at Cheakamus, followed by days of showers that made us retreat to the sunny crags of the Smoke Bluffs. […]

    Pingback by Fun Climbs Around The World » Penny Lane, Smoke Bluffs, Squamish, Canada — August 21, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

  2. Were the Rappels pretty straight forward?

    Comment by Chad Boulanger — June 10, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

  3. Yes, the rappels were direct and simple.

    Comment by sibylle — June 13, 2014 @ 7:30 am

Leave a comment


(required but not published)

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Sports Blog Top Sites