Large rockfalls lead to closure of several climbing routes up Stawamus Chief in Squamish

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      A popular international destination for rock climbers is in its own form of lockdown.

      Several popular routes up the Stawamus Chief have been closed due to a very large rockfall where the Western Dihedrals meet the Grand Wall of the Stawamus Chief.

      In the Western Dihendrals, the following routes are off-limits: Deadend Dihedral, The Gauntlet, The Façade, Sticky Fingers, Sunset Strip, Millennium Falcon, Rutabaga, Turnip Arrowroot, and Europa, B.C. Parks states on its website.

      In addition, the following routes have been closed up the Grand Wall: Java Jive, Coyote, Flex Capacitor, Commando Crack, Movin’ to Montana, Knacker Cracker, Teenage Wasteland, Exasperator, Peasant’s Route, War of the Raptors, Cruel Shoes, The Flake, Apron Strings, Sunday Whites, and Sense of Urgency.

      That's not all: every route between Dogzilla and the White Feather are shut down in the Sihanay Closure Area.

      The "Chief", a 700-metre granite monolith overlooking Howe Sound, is in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.

      Paul Adam, manager of SFU's Centre for Natural Hazards Research, told CBC News that recent hot weather may have expanded the rocks, which can result in cracks and rocks falling away.

      This 2018 Outdoor Vancouver video shows the spectacular views atop the Stawamus Chief.