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Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 2, 2010 - 03:00am PT
Two contenders have been posited in the Southern Belle thread.

Being a lover of slabs, I find the question really interesting.

what are the criteria?

Peter tossed out these ideas for SB...

length, placement, difficulty, history, quality of rock, nature of the climbing, drama.
Clint added Hall of Mirrors...

especially in the smooth and edging departments. It has had only one repeat.
but indicated also...

Southern Belle is harder, has the hard crack climbing start, and of course is notorious for being more runout than the Bachar-Yerian.




For a single pitch slab climb? less than 90 degrees, preferably with the fewest features possible, so knob climbs may be out.

Let me throw out a controversial idea to get the ball rolling....

the Grack Marginal

I'm biased toward this one. What would make another line better?
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:03am PT
Lembert Dome.
flakyfoont

Trad climber
carsoncity nv
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:21am PT
Crested jewel, North dome
Guangzhou

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:28am PT
First Pitch of Rainy Day Woman at Stone Mountain. (NC)
nutjob

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:30am PT
I guess "ultimate" is going to be relative to the skills of the beholder and how strong/fresh the memories are. For me, Goodrich Pinnacle Right Side is the latest...

It had me saying stuff like "Only the Penitent Man Shall Pass" and "Take the Leap of Faith", while thinking of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when I was strung out on lead committed on fingernails and squeaky wet rubber.
Degaine

climber
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:50am PT
Table of Contents, Stately Pleasure Dome

Excellent slab, quality rock, and relatively moderate in terms of difficulty for us "mere mortal" climbers.

dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:51am PT
Lucifer's to the Oasis is one of my favorites, not hardest for sure. (5.9) long run outs as I recall, But a great line.

A nice bit of writing about the route by Karl Baba. http://www.yosemiteclimber.com/LucifersLedgeSolo.html



Ryan Tetz

Trad climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:57am PT
Only one repeat on Hall of Mirrors?
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Dec 2, 2010 - 04:05am PT
I don't know about "ultimate", but some memorable ones are:
Rawl Drive in Tuolumne: scary!
Smoke Screen at Cal Domes: fun
Miroir d'Argentine in Switzerland: long cruiser
Honeymoon in Almo at Castle Rocks State Park, ID: short but fun

T H

climber
Dec 2, 2010 - 04:07am PT
Southern Belle is no slab route.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2010 - 04:18am PT
care to elaborate?

are you saying it's not pure slab, so it is disqualified?
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 04:33am PT
Ryan,

> Only one repeat on Hall of Mirrors?

Yes.
Read all about it here:
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/527185/hall-of-mirrors
o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Dec 2, 2010 - 04:46am PT
I kinda like this one my self
I kinda like this one my self
Credit: o-man
dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Dec 2, 2010 - 04:53am PT
Ivan Couch
Ivan Couch
Credit: dogtown
The classic Valhalla (5.11) at T&S also comes to mind as well.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 2, 2010 - 06:24am PT
Ideas

Galactic Hitchhiker, Short approach, dozens of pitches, great views and you finish at the railing of Glacier point and Hitchhike down!

http://www.yosemiteclimber.com/Galactic_Hitchhiker.html

Crest Jewel with the direct start is pretty bitchin and great rock.

http://www.yosemiteclimber.com/Crest_Jewel_Direct.html

Check you Natraj you fools. Very few ascents of a great climb!

http://www.yosemiteclimber.com/Nataraj.html

Hall of Mirrors has an ultimateness about it. One of the only routes where my shoes squeeked on the granite polish. (didn't get past pitch 7 ever though)

SOme longs ones over on Arches Apron are amazing too

Peace

Karl

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Dec 2, 2010 - 10:59am PT
Suicide Rock, especially the Weeping Wall, has an abundance of fun slab routes.

I think the ultimate slab is hard but not that steep because the joy of slabbing is facing the fear of the unspeakable consequences of the low-angle fall.

Nice low angle slab out at my favorite choss-pile:
Hyperion Slab at Texas Canyon. A fun & easy romp.
Hyperion Slab at Texas Canyon. A fun & easy romp.
Credit: Spider Savage
Branscomb

Trad climber
Lander, WY
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:00am PT
As an aside, I find it interesting that slabs were considered cool stuff 30 years ago, certainly not trivial, but something with the right approach in your head, you could develop the style and mental/emotional strength to do well. Now, 99% of the climbers around here are really quite good at the sport thing, like doing 12s and 13s and some even 14s, but they think slab climbing is absolutley insane and scary and make all sorts of vague statements about how they're going out to Lankin Dome and Moonstone and get on those 10s (because holy sh#t, I'm a 5.12 climber and I can't let this 58 year old geezer skunk me on some low angle 5.10, heavens no), but they never seem to make the trip. I'm not all that great on the sport thing, it sometimes hurts too much to throw around 180lbs on that stuff, but it gives me an evilly good feeling inside to still be good at something they are totally freaked about. HEEHEEHEE.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:02am PT
"set the controls for the heart of the sun" across the road from calveras....
Tattooed 1

Trad climber
Sebastopol, Ca
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:07am PT
How about Beacons From Mars at Cal Dome? I have only done the first 3 pitches but they certainly got my attension.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:12am PT
yeah that one too!!;-) they are certainly "burly"...
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:13am PT
yea, weeping wall--sweet tastes of old slab.

has hensel's Someone You're Not ever been repeated?
mongrel

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 12:03pm PT
Lots of great candidates here! and oooooh yeah Ron is right about the incredibly high quality of those routes on Lo-cal (Hammer) Dome; for that matter, LOTS of the slab routes in the Cal Dome area are incredibly good. We went over to Set the Controls or the other one next to it, 20-25 years ago, these routes weren't in some bootleg topos I'd somehow gotten a copy of (probably originated with Smith or Crawford or somebody - or maybe Ron!), so we had no idea of where routes went, rating, or anything. Figured we'd just follow the bolts and climb. First pitch of some kind of 10 went fine, but the next one, it was about two zip codes from each set of two little bitty black bumps where the leader had drilled, to the next. And what fantastic climbing in between! Seemed you could hardly clip even if there were more bolts. Two, three of these runouts went great, but at the end of the last one before it was obvious the difficulty was about to ease off a lot, I just couldn't keep enough focus to accomplish the thumbtip/toe mantle to stand up and clip, and ....aiiieeeeeeee! the big butt-slide. Wanted to get back on it all these years, and do all the others too. Great place.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 2, 2010 - 12:10pm PT
Munge... While it is true that there are MANY fine slab routes out there I must pick up on something in the OP... Grack Marginal. I believe I have done that route 20+ times. I loved that route. It was my first (of not many) free-solos and it took on a whole new dimension when it was just me, some EBs and a bag of courage. A fine Walk in the Park
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Dec 2, 2010 - 12:48pm PT
in Squamish, two are mega-classics, both testaments to what happens when you drill on lead:

White Lightning (10c)...loads of folks try this and weep. Solid runouts, scary cruxes. But it's all there...if you are.

Dancing in the Light (11b). Bolts where you need them. Bring your head.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Dec 2, 2010 - 12:49pm PT
O-man, is that on Big Rock Candy Mtn? Childhood's End or Field of Dreams would certainly be candidates.
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Dec 2, 2010 - 12:56pm PT
I hate to think of any route being the "ultimate". If there was one, why bother with others. I can think of many slabs that stand out in my memory, but here are two that I thought especially interesting.

There is a slab, maybe 30 degrees in steepness in the NF Kings canyon, next to a water slide. In order to repeat the water slide you have to walk up the slab out of a pool of water. Super delicate. Fun to struggle so much on such low angle, then feel your feet cut loose and go shooting back into the pool.

Nearby on Patterson Bluffs right there is a section near the top of the bluff with large (body sized) scallops. The scallops provide friction climbing on a pretty steep wall. I don't recall any edges, so we had to use pure friction to mantel from one divot to the other. Totally weird.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Dec 2, 2010 - 01:20pm PT
Warpaint, Cochise Stronghold.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Dec 2, 2010 - 01:22pm PT
Aren't there some good ones out east on some of those "ledges".
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Dec 2, 2010 - 01:30pm PT
A few of my favorites, by area:

Yosemite, Crest Jewel
TM, Miss Adventure
Courtright, Esto Power
T&S, Magical Mystery Tour
Dome Rock, About Face

But I think the most memorable slab I've done is The Prow of The Cobra, Kings Canyon, Gorge of Despair. This route has it all. It's sufficiently long, achieves a real summit, is remote in a truly spectacular setting, and is at the moderate grade of 5.9 but it is continuous and sparsely protected being devoid of bolts (FA 1979 Gary Valle and Phil Warrender.)

This is the start:
Kris Solem starting up The Prow of Cobra, Gorge of Despair, Kings Cany...
Kris Solem starting up The Prow of Cobra, Gorge of Despair, Kings Canyon CA, 1994...
Photo by Guy Keesee.
Credit: Guy Keesee

Here's the slab and summit ridge, Blue Canyon behind:
The Gorge of Despair: Frustration Turret, El Corporale and El Commanda...
The Gorge of Despair: Frustration Turret, El Corporale and El Commandante Turrets, The Cobra and Crystal Turrets viewed from the summit of The Silver Turret.
Credit: Guy Keesee

The Descent, Tehipite Dome behind:

Kris Solem rapping off The Cobra. Corporale and Commandante Turretsand...
Kris Solem rapping off The Cobra. Corporale and Commandante Turretsand Tehipite Dome in view.
Credit: Guy Keesee

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2010 - 01:53pm PT
oh nice, some killer stoke going on this thread.


good stuff Simon.



Scott, yeah, wet slabs are a whole nutter animal.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Dec 2, 2010 - 02:53pm PT
Line - check

Rock quality - check

Setting - check

Spice - check

Consistency - check

Variety of holds and moves - check



Rarely done - check


Black Primo
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:03pm PT
Kris, can you do something about those red tights, please? Photoshop should help.
Wack

climber
Dazevue
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:22pm PT
Since the Grack was listed I'll put in for Cat Dancing on MCR.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:36pm PT
Tightrope on GPA is a five star classic. Anyone else done it?

For a single pitch, I really liked "Daddy's Little Girl" on Stately Pleasure Dome.

Bruce
mongrel

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 03:58pm PT
Warbler, I can't remember from all the rebolting threads, can you also say "new fattie bolts" - check for Black Primo? (Can't pass up another opportunity to say THANKS to Roger Brown, Clint Cummins, and all the other many people who've worked to resurrect the huge list of all-time classic face routes on MCR and elsewhere.)

Also, while I'm partial to local areas, here's a tip of the hat to a superb one-pitch slab route at City of Rocks: Science Friction. Superb route, great pro, but alas, not done enough to scuff off all the patina of DG particles, which accumulate on your rope tarp like snow. Next time I'll bring a push broom and sweep each section from bolt to bolt before climbing it.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 2, 2010 - 04:16pm PT
I seem to remember being quite pleased with Hoppy's Favorite on the Apron. 10C I believe.
Pass the Chongo, Chongo

Social climber
in cave
Dec 2, 2010 - 04:20pm PT
I like SLAB!

CHONgo!
dan-man

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 06:06pm PT
Solid Gold, Joshua Tree

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 2, 2010 - 06:10pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/219262/Difficulty-of-Slab-Climbs

Includes discussion of what a slab climb is - essentially, something where friction is the main means of ascent. Usually between 30 and 70 degrees in angle. Many routes referred to above are face climbs, not slab climbs. Solid Gold, for example.
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Dec 2, 2010 - 06:17pm PT
Sweet Jesus, Tuolumne.
dan-man

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 06:24pm PT
Its about 75 degrees, and youre mostly on your feet. It felt like a slab to me.
manpants vanjerkenberg

climber
space
Dec 2, 2010 - 06:27pm PT
Burning Down the House- 5.12b R
Suicide
FA Darrell Hensel
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 2, 2010 - 06:30pm PT
Isn't Solid Gold - the first pitch, anyway - almost all edging on sharp flakes, on a fairly steep wall? The second pitch is a flake crack, then a traverse crack that leads to the top.
Tye

Trad climber
Massachusetts
Dec 2, 2010 - 06:35pm PT
The Last Tango, Whitehorse Ledge, NH

Credit: Tye
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 06:39pm PT
"I think the ultimate slab is hard but not that steep because the joy of slabbing is facing the fear of the unspeakable consequences of the low-angle fall."

For myself, I would modify this to say that the joy of slab is in getting away, just barely, with moves on holds so tenuous as to be almost unbelieveable to you. And when you're done, you feel a bit mentally taxed. It doesn't matter what the rating or run-out-ness is, whatever rating evokes that feeling in you.

Is that masochistic?

In Yosemite the pitches that have stuck in my mind are the ones on the south flank of Daff in TM, with those amazing glassy patches, and things like Dead Babies and Lean Years on GPA. Another slab that has stuck in my mind over the years as being very satisfying was one called Spud meets Hammerhead, in City of Rocks, Idaho.

The most mentally shattered and satisfied at the same time I've ever been after a slab was after the 11.c pitch on Piece de Resistance on Fairview, and I didn't even lead that one. I was already feeling a bit mentally taxed going into it from leading a few of the pitches before that. My partner, Chan, and I were trading off wearing the pack. He had just onsighted the crux pitch lead, calling out at one point, "I can't believe I'm doing these moves". I seconded, acutely aware of the disturbance of equilibrium of the pack, that slight sway with every move, and just got away with not falling by the slimmest of margins. I'm ashamed to admit that I was so mentally shattered after that pitch that I declined to lead anything else on the route, even though the hard climbing was over. Chan was annoyed to have to lead the rest of the pitches and I don't blame him - it's not good to let a partner down like that.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Dec 2, 2010 - 07:08pm PT
Ask Bridwell.
atchafalaya

climber
Babylon
Dec 2, 2010 - 07:10pm PT
Wings of Steel?
A to Z

climber
Bishop
Dec 2, 2010 - 07:34pm PT
Looking Glass and Stone mountain have good slab climbing. The kind of slap moves that have no handholds and it is all footwork friction. Slab always gets good when it becomes climbing from foot dish to foot dish and not worrying about any handolds, just a palm down mantle move now and then and smearing away. In my opinion it seems like a lot of "slab" climbs are just low angle face. If there is an edge to crimp even with finger nails it is loosing slabness.
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Dec 2, 2010 - 08:34pm PT
Grace under Pressure..
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 08:38pm PT
Stick to what??? (Only Josh 5.9er though).

There are tons in Josh, I haven't read the whole thread....
dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Dec 2, 2010 - 08:45pm PT
All of Hensel's stuff is the sh#t. Period .
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 2, 2010 - 08:46pm PT
I'm not sayin' ultimate, but here are a couple good ones.

Stoner's Highway-Middle C.

Wind Rider- Portal Butt.

No Pie A-la-Mode- Portal

La Jolla- Mex.

Autobahn- 1/2 Dome

Figures on a ...-JT

Golden Eagle-Margaritaville

The Edge- Tahquitz

Serpentine- Suicide

Rock Warrior- Black Velvet



dogtown

Trad climber
JackAssVille, Wyoming
Dec 2, 2010 - 09:01pm PT
Wings of Steel? Dont start this sh#t again. Although Mark and Richard are Brass ball climbers. I think we have heard enough.

DT.

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 2, 2010 - 09:25pm PT
The one with a 100' offwidth roof in it.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 2, 2010 - 09:29pm PT
Ciebola, Medlicott Dome
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Dec 2, 2010 - 09:36pm PT
Not sure about "ultimate", but...

I always think of Suicide Rocks when I think of slab. Some great ones already mentioned there, but I'd add Rebolting Development and Season's End.

Matt M

Trad climber
Alamo City
Dec 2, 2010 - 09:55pm PT
Pretty sure Hall of Mirrors has had more than two Ascents. One of the guys I learned from said (If I remember correctly so don't hold him too it if I get this wrong) he did it and it was a "career climb" for him. Tony Calderone is his name.

Squamish Slab: Dream Symphony link up, Magic Carpet Ride (yet to do)
Stonewalker

Big Wall climber
Smartsville, Ca
Dec 2, 2010 - 10:10pm PT
I have to echo the suicide climbs and add "surprise"... Not hard but fun slab for sure.

Also:
Morracan roll
Burning giraffes
The grove
Foxtrot
Fear and loathing
English breakfast squirrel
Jolly rancher
All you can eat

And it was mentioned unthread but the edge at tahquits has to be top five!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 2, 2010 - 10:33pm PT
Somebody mentioned Stoner's Highway. That's a fine one.


Tightrope on GPA is a five star classic. Anyone else done it?

No, tell all. I've done almost everything on the apron within my capability so there must be a devil in the details on that one. I won't give five star classic status to any death route btw.

Table of contents btw, super nice.

Peace

Karl
gonamok

climber
aging malcontent
Dec 2, 2010 - 10:48pm PT
I did Tightrope with Todd Tremble about 20 years ago. Sustained and runout, but that was back when i was sportin a hone.
We used to call it face climbing. Heres my list:
J tree:
Black Tide
stick to what
EBGB's
7th heaven

Suicide:
Serpentine
sundance
season's end

The valley:
Coonyard pinnacle
Tightrope
Snake Dike

Tolumne:
too many to list
squatch

Boulder climber
santa cruz, CA
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:00pm PT
Freewheelin' on Middle Cathedral is my current favorite
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:26pm PT
Check this out...Slab Daddy (V 5.10+ A0) Squire Creek Wall near Darrington, Washington. I haven't done it but "50" who posts here sometimes did it with one of his buddies last summer.

gonamok

climber
aging malcontent
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:28pm PT
holy cow, how many pitches is that thing?
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:39pm PT
here's the topo

squishy

Mountain climber
sacramento
Dec 2, 2010 - 11:47pm PT
slick rock, crystal basin
ec

climber
ca
Dec 3, 2010 - 12:09am PT
The left skyline of the dome on the right...Cherubim Dome, The Archangel Route, 10 pitches, 5.10 A0...in one of the most beautiful places ever!
Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
leading the away team, but not in a red shirt!
Dec 3, 2010 - 12:12am PT
Ah, The Cherubim Dome. Amazing place, that.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Dec 3, 2010 - 12:35am PT
have you guys been to skyline slabs?

we got the sh#t workin down there like nobody's bidness,

sandstone is the only real slab.

why? because.

it has about 15.7 times the variations in holds that granite has.

you get up there, and you say, next hold: should i take the chicken head?
pinch the cranberry?
finger bang the ant hole?
reach into the bat cave?
mantle up the friction crack? .....


no wait, no good cracks in sand stone,

can i pull this post? i just made an ass out myself, is it too late to retract this dribble?

is it too late to load up some more Gush?

we think not, for we have seen the light, and it was black,
50

climber
Stumptown
Dec 3, 2010 - 01:37am PT
...and Slab Daddy is a fine route indeed Tradster. Most of the pitches are as solid as the best pitches I've done on GPA and the 5.10 pitches are smeary slab, hardly any edging. The rock doesn't have the sandy ball-bearing stuff that can spoil a route. The only down side to Slab Daddy that takes away from the "ultimate" status, for me at least, is the huge ledges on the lower section. Its just not as cool as the GPA's small belay stances and "pinnacles". But it gets better up higher; its steeper and more exposed.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/978936/Who-s-yo-Daddy-Washington-s-New-Big-Wall-Slab


Other great slab routes that come to mind:

Silent Running
Grack Marginal
Ochre Fields
Hoppy's Favorite
Deep Throat
Scimitar
Table of Contents

Balcony bivy, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Balcony bivy, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Credit: Scraptee Collection
Pitch 12 above the Balcony bivy, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Pitch 12 above the Balcony bivy, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Credit: 50
Great moves on the Feature pitch, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Great moves on the Feature pitch, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Credit: 50
Pitch 15, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Pitch 15, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Credit: 50
Beautiful quartz-rich dike on pitch 16, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Beautiful quartz-rich dike on pitch 16, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Credit: 50
Terry coping with the leaders mistake of using a long sling on pitch 1...
Terry coping with the leaders mistake of using a long sling on pitch 17, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Credit: 50
Pitch 18, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Pitch 18, Slab Daddy, Darrington, WA
Credit: 50


nutjob

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 3, 2010 - 02:34am PT

Moderate but super fun... Tenaya Peak
martygarrison

Trad climber
The Great North these days......
Dec 3, 2010 - 09:33am PT
that slab daddy looks like a great adventure! Don't think I would bring the bivy stuff however. A good long summers day
Adamame

Big Wall climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 3, 2010 - 09:45am PT
A solo of the final slab on Royal Arches that gains the rim when covered with pine needles.
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
Dec 3, 2010 - 10:00am PT
This is a short one, but it is pretty hard.

K. Solem showing good footwork, some JT slab. "Games" 13a
K. Solem showing good footwork, some JT slab. "Games" 13a
Credit: guyman

I like slabs. I get to use 37 years of acquired edging skills.
adventurous one

Trad climber
Truckee Ca.
Jan 13, 2012 - 10:20pm PT
Bump

Cause you gotta love those multi-pitch, runout, pucker fests.........
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jan 13, 2012 - 10:22pm PT
"set the controls for the heart of the sun" across the road from calveras....

It should win for best name.
Hankster

Social climber
Zakynthos
Jan 13, 2012 - 10:30pm PT
without even looking through this thread I 1st thought Southern Belle.
kc

Trad climber
the cats
Jan 13, 2012 - 11:04pm PT
All slabs are ultimately humbling, humiliating, or horrifying.

Sigh.

However, slabs make me a better climber, so I do them. Grudgingly.
KabalaArch

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Jan 14, 2012 - 12:18am PT
I drafted up a poem about MCatheralR north apron's "Cat Dancing" the other rainy day. Since it's on my office's pc, I've no choice but to leave you hanging suspended from some sun bleached and frayed slings until I can post it up like tomorrow.

GPA leads include Dead Babies and Ephemeral Clog Dance at my upper limit. Muchos grande following GPA Chiropodist's Shop, and saving Burk's life on his FA of The Token. Misty Beetoven 3x, including a trip up to the 4th or 5th stance w/Scott.

Followed the first of several pitches of Mother's Lament, Tightrope, led Hoppy's up to our previous high point, but still below Hoppy's Creed, or the real business pitches.

I led the 1st pitch of Middle Cathedral's Cat Dancing 5x before I finally finessed its 2nd pitch. I'llsave my comments, such as they may be, for later.

Nice to have been led up both Quicksilver and Freewheeling in the same vicinity. Leading nearby Ramer, (or WTF) is great, but it is technically sport-pro'ed.

Onsight lead of the bottom half of Dream On, which is not too shabby when you take into account the runouts, the 1500 mile drive to Squeemish, and the fact that I had to troll for a partner (just don't let go of the Rope!) on my arrival.

To draw my chest beating to a welcome close, let me conclude by mentioning that I bought most of Russ McClean's pin rack at a local yard sale he'd conducted. Tired of being the builder, he, somewhat older than I, had put his course upon an architectural education, the required M.Arch degree, and, after an 8 year internship (including school), professional registration. At the time, I was aware of his FA Lucifer's to Oasis.

But, I didn't offer any career advice, but simply paid $20 for a milk crate full of mostly useless iron. With enough KB's and other thins to make it worthwhile financially - mostly I just wanted to meet Russ.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Jan 14, 2012 - 02:53pm PT
I would say that the ultimate slab route has yet to be done and lies on the East Face of Mt. Watkins to the west of "Escape from Freedom" (VI 5.12c) that Urmas Franosch and I did back in 1988. Scott Burke did some exploring in that area back in 1987 and traversed out to the big water holes at the base of the huge face. It's certainly there, but no one has put a shoe on it in over 20 years. Logistics are a problem certainly, but talk about an epic slab route in the 5.13 range! Never seen anything that even comes close to the potential slab climb that exists in embryo out there.

Credit: Bruce Morris

Only trouble is that anyone who would do it nowadays would rap bolt it, rather than lead it ground up. But what the heck! Sure would be an amazing adventure no matter what way it was done. So, okay kids, get those 120+ lb packs ready and start hauling in water for a real epic siege!
HighGravity

Trad climber
Southern California
Jan 14, 2012 - 03:20pm PT
Looking down from the top anchor on "Ocean King" Kings Canyon NP
Looking down from the top anchor on "Ocean King" Kings Canyon NP
Credit: HighGravity
dougs510

Social climber
down south
Jan 14, 2012 - 03:46pm PT
Again, not muddling through the therad, if you want a butt pucker, do Whitesides in N.C.
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