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Argonaut (5.12c) is one of the best and wildest routes on Anvil Island, and is so steep it stays dry even during coastal downpours. Here, Trevor McDonald makes its first ascent in July 2021. There are a few good rests on Argonaut but also stacks of steep sequences, with dynamic moves, hand jams, underclings, and big pinches—you’ll need to be well rounded as a climber. A 70-meter rope will lower you to the water, where your belayer can retrieve you with a stick clip—or drop you into the drink if you’ve been abusive.

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