Petrifying Wall

  • Grade context: US
  • Photos: 5
  • Ascents: 376
  • Aka: Pet Wall
  • Aka: Petrified Wall




Somewhere it was written, that climbing the rock of Petrifying Wall feels like climbing on elephant skin. Very technical sport climbing on awesome granite.


The crag stays in the sun until almost 3pm in the summer. Some of the routes are in the shade of tall tress though.

Access issues inherited from Squamish

There are occasional crags that are on private land (and closed) -- but generally climbing is well accepted and welcomed at the various crags and areas around Squamish.


From the parking at the lake hike past the lake and then right up the hill, the access is well marked with green signs indictaing Pet Wall and other sectors.


History timeline chart

The Petrifying Wall was first climbed back in the 1970s. In 1970, Ken Kraft and John Wurflinger aided Beers are Not Enough, which was later freed by Bruce Kay and Howie Richardson in 1986. While a few routes were added in the early 1980s, nearly 20 were climbed in 1986, including Mr. Fun and Pleasant Pheasant. One of the hardest routes on the wall, Force Ten, was opened in 2007 by Scott Milton.

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Selected Guidebooks more Hide

Author(s): Kevin McLane & Andrew Boyd

Date: 2018

ISBN: 9780986519147

A definitive guidebook describing the rock climbing found at Squamish, near Vancouver, covering both single pitch routes, and the huge multi-pitch routes up the face of the infamous Chief face.

Author(s): Marc Bourdon

Date: 2022

ISBN: 9781777147129

Your trusty guide through more than 3500 boulder problems scattered around Squamish and the surrounding area. Containing an extensive history of Squamish bouldering, info about planning a trip, as well as countless colour photos, maps and infographics, this guide provides the details for navigating one of North America's top bouldering destinations. It includes a comprehensive list of problems for when you're climbing by yourself, a new Top 100 list featuring boulders from V0 through V14, and even the infamous list of the Squamish 7 Terrors.

Author(s): Rich Wheater

Date: 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9877796-5-6

With 300 routes, 600 boulder problems and a handful of fine alpine objectives, Vancouver Rock Climbing provides comprehensive coverage of the diverse climbing scene around Vancouver, Canada.

  • Provides detailed coverage of Howe Sound, Caulfeild Sea Cliffs, Cypress Falls Park, Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Lynn Valley and Deep Cove
  • Includes full-color images and maps, descriptions of conditions and approach notes for each climbing area
  • Each climb description tells you what gear to use, how many bolts there are, a difficulty rating, the pitch length and where to start and end

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