Split Pillar 5.10b
Grand Wall, The Chief
About the Climb
The Grand Wall (5.11a) is the ultimate Squamish classic climb with great exposure and excellent climbing up the Chief's Grand Wall. However, the Sword and Perry's Layback pitches are rated 5.11a, and can be too difficult for some climbers. You can still get a taste of the Grand Wall by climbing up to the Split Pillar, and then rapping down. This decreases the difficulty to 5.10b, and still makes it a great climb.
If you decide to climb the Grand Wall up to the Split Pillar, please be considerate of other climbers going all the way to the top. It is best not to start to early, so you have less chances of being rushed by faster parties climbing the entire Grand Wall.
Several other options also exist to reach the start of this climb. The easiest way is by using the Flake Escape Ledges, which countours around on the left, and then cuts back right over the Flake to the base of the route. Alternatively, you can also climb Apron Strings (5.10b) on the right side of the Flake to reach the dyke at the start of the Grand Wall.