Peasant's Route 5.10c
Grand Wall, The Chief
About the Climb
Peasant's Route is a great classic line at the base of the Grand Wall. The route follows two sequential corner systems, and is full of great climbing varying from secure 5.8 jamming to thin and technical 5.10c finger laybacking. The first few feet of the route are often slippery from seepage, but the 5.10a layback with the slippery feet takes protection very well.
The route has 6 pitches, but it can be climbed in as few as 3 long pitches, so you can easily combine Peasant's Route with another great classic at the base of the Grand Wall. In addition, all the belays are equipped for rappel, making this route well suited for a day of uncertain weather.
The Peasant's Route is just right of the amazing Exasperator (5.10c), a super classic finger crack that should not be missed. It makes a perfect combination with the Peasant's Route, and depending on the line for Exasperator, can be climbed before or after. Although Exasperator has 2 excellent pitches, if you are pressed for time, it's possible to only climb the first pitch and rap down.
Another option is the spicy Apron Strings (5.10b), which climbs the right side of the Flake in 2 great pitches. From its top you can continue on the classic Mercy Me (5.8) on a superb, but runout, dyke. If you have enough time and energy, you can also continue up to the amazing and pumpy Split Pillar (5.10b). (See Grand Wall for more details)
If you like steep slab routes, don't miss Cruel Shoes (5.10d), which is located just right of Peasant's Route and finishes at the base of the Split Pillar (5.10b).
Many of the multi-pitch climbs in Squamish have great laybacking at various grades: Diedre (5.8), Snake (5.9), Rock On (5.10a), Split Pillar (5.10b), Squamish Buttress (5.10c), the Great Game (5.10d), and the Grand Wall (5.11a).