Eric and I didn’t have much time to climb on Sunday after the self-rescue course in Squamish, BC. We wanted to get on the road by noon since crossing the border back to America is always a massive undertaking. We didn;t have trad gear with us so we headed over to climb at Smoke Bluffs where there is easy access to set up top ropes.

Smoke Bluffs is a park  is right in the town of Squamish with a network of walls. Some routes top out on people’s backyards! The trails and walls are well labeled and the trail maintained with hand lines, ladders and steps. A bit too accessible for me. We hiked to a little out of the way crag called Lumberland which features a handful of climbs from 5.6 to 5.11d. Eric led up the only sport pitch there: Birthday Girl 5.6. There were supposed to be 3 bolts, but the first one was missing. Not that exciting a route. We moved the rope over to the next anchor left to climb Birthday Boy 5.7 which has a nice crux section. We did the 5.6 and 5.7 variations

of Check Mark (cracks). Eric then climbed Erica 5.10b and thus completed his very first outdoor 10b! I was about to get on this route with a downpour began. We were forced to pack things up and head out. Glad we got in some good routes though before the rain!

Lumberland Wall

Lumberland Wall

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