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Gym climber
Topic Author's Original Post - May 9, 2011 - 03:01pm PT
This is a kind of a shout-out to all the folks who've been putting in hard work rebolting the beautiful slab lines in Yosemite. Not wanting to list the names of all those who've worked on the lines, I will say the list wouldn't be complete without starting with Roger's. Here's to you Bro!

I've lurked after the rebolting efforts, seeing how the old lines felt with new hardware. What a Pleasure, climbing on Middle, GPA, and the Arches Terrace. YeeHaw that slab stuff is fun. While you might find yourself looking at a slider, it's nice to not worry about falling onto lonely and loose Leeper hanger, hanging off a bent 1/4" button head.

Anybody got any pictures of what I'm talking about, climbing these slab climbs?

ALSO: Huge shout out to those who put these babies up.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 9, 2011 - 03:30pm PT
Hear, hear! There have been threads showing rebolting on the Apron a while back, and I've certainly seen (and clipped into) the results of the ASCA efforts all over. Thank you all.


Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 9, 2011 - 07:36pm PT
I love the slab...

Where the Froude number often >> 1
May 9, 2011 - 08:10pm PT
Not the Valley, but SLAB nonetheless!!!!

Brother Joe on Rocco's:

<3 slab
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
May 9, 2011 - 08:20pm PT

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
May 9, 2011 - 08:26pm PT
Here's some Colorado slab:

And more!

The Dome in the South Platte offers GREAT slab climbing without the rockfall of the Apron.

ASCA recently replaced all the bolts on the first 3 pitches and half of the original 14 on the final 5.10b lead.
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Boulder climber
Feb 3, 2019 - 11:43pm PT
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Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Feb 4, 2019 - 06:01am PT
God invented slab so old fat guys can continue to climb.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Feb 4, 2019 - 02:48pm PT
Steep slab

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 4, 2019 - 02:51pm PT
Slabs...sorry guys, canít go there. I climb them when they get in the way on a multi pitch...not with any grace, mind you.

Trad climber
Feb 4, 2019 - 03:08pm PT
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Feb 4, 2019 - 06:23pm PT
Dameat and Levy INYO kern wall.

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Feb 5, 2019 - 07:12am PT
Slabs...sorry guys, canít go there. I climb them when they get in the way on a multi pitch...not with any grace, mind you.

Different strokes for different folks, that's what makes the world an interesting place. I always liked slab. Especially way out on the sharp end. Talk about feeding the rat!

The Good Places
Feb 5, 2019 - 07:14am PT
strong legs weak fingers bump


Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Feb 5, 2019 - 07:22am PT
I've always liked my slab on the steepish side, where there has to be some sort of features resembling holds, not just undulations, shallow scoops and sticky spots. The first pitch of Valhalla is a good example of this type of slab, as are Count Dracula (Josh) and several things at Dome Rock.
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Feb 5, 2019 - 08:36am PT
The older I get the slabbier I become. I have always loved slabs, and the South Platte is my local slab nirvana. Topographic oceans, bolts to nowhere, bolts to somewhere, what fabulous memories. Helen's Dome is just great for some steeper slabaciousness.

Thanks for starting this thread.

Trad climber
Feb 5, 2019 - 09:00am PT
In the early 80ís, as a new climber in the Adirondacks, I got my start on slabs as a matter of circumstance. Chapel Pond Slab, Poko Moonshine- these were the areas in the guidebook that had the 5.6ís and 5.7ís. Since we started leading right from the start we sought out the easier climbs. They were always run out but we didnít know any better and up we went. We never fell and eventually progressed through the grades and as we built up our racks we climbed more cracks and less slab.

Fast forward a couple years to my first trip to Joshua Tree. Same pattern- find the easy routes in the guidebook and start there- Echo Rock served up fun spicy slab climbing. We progressed to the 9ía and 10ís, and I remember Sidewinder being fun and exciting.

Then on to Yosemite for the first time in 1987. We checked out Glacier Point Apron and had fun on the polished granite. Even took a few harmless sliders. I went back the next year with some friends from Colorado and mentioned Glacier Point Apron. Thatís when one of my buddies turned to me and said ďGlacier Point Apron!? Alan Lester calls that Fag Rock!!Ē

There went my affinity for slab... which is too bad because I always found that type of climbing to be fun. Oh man !! Now however as a wizened adult I can venture onto all sorts of slab and though I feel a twinge of self - consciousness I still have a good time.

Trad climber
Feb 5, 2019 - 09:05am PT

Trad climber
Feb 5, 2019 - 10:35am PT

Trad climber
Feb 5, 2019 - 10:39am PT
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