Difficulty of Slab Climbs

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Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 22, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
Whitehorse Ledge, NH. Was all fun and games soloing on the 5.5 but then a little further on, the route was covered in a thin film of invisible ice ....

Whitehorse Ledge, NH around 1990.
Whitehorse Ledge, NH around 1990.
Credit: Don Paul
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
Some slab climbs have holds- but if your feet cut there is no way you would hold on- kind of like psych pro- only they are psych fingernail grooves, or one pad slopers.

Otherwise it is a face climb
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Mar 23, 2013 - 01:09am PT
Interesting to see that photo of Greasy but Groovy. We first climbed that in EBs and were trying to run the rope a mile. Ricky took a sixty foot fall when a flake broke on the 3rd pitch. Putting the bolts in on the 4th pitch was horrendous, way harder than the climbing. Good adventure.

JL

BurntToast

climber
CA
Mar 23, 2013 - 01:39am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#295473
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Mar 23, 2013 - 01:51am PT
Slabs have no holds. Face climbs have holds

Palming and smearing vs.crimping and edging
Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Mar 23, 2013 - 01:52am PT
Credit: Scrubber
The Squamish classic Dream On. No line-ups here!
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Mar 23, 2013 - 01:56am PT
All slabs have holds, it's just about understanding the nuances of the rock. Is a depression a hold, is the change of texture a hold or is that crystal that you can only see if you are not overcome by fear a hold?

Slab climbing is at a minimum 50% mental and is the great equalizer for those of us that have not been blessed with genetic strength.

Falling safely is the other often undeveloped skill for succeeding on slabs. Indoor climbing routes teach safe falling techniques, but it is counter intuitive to run downhill on a runout slab pitch, so most people drag their hands, feet and body parts as a protective impulse.

Like all specialized aspects of climbing, slab climbing has a learning curve that requires commitment to the craft and hours of experience. After years of hiatus to that style of movement, Iíve rediscovered that heady thrill with a bunch of grizzled old hardcore locals at Joshua Tree. Ye-Ha!
Scrubber

climber
Straight outta Squampton
Mar 26, 2013 - 12:37am PT
Lets go climbing Rolf! I always have trouble finding co-conspirators for slabby adventures.

K
perswig

climber
May 26, 2013 - 08:27pm PT




Dale
Salamanizer

Trad climber
The land of Fruits & Nuts!
May 27, 2013 - 01:18am PT
Slabs have no holds. Face climbs have holds

Palming and smearing vs.crimping and edging


Define "hold"!....
orle

climber
May 27, 2013 - 01:31am PT
























looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
May 27, 2013 - 02:31am PT
Mrs. l.e.f.h. (pictured on Parkline) is a huge fan of slab because she can balance on the tiniest crystals of quartz, so I have an inordinate body of experience on Cookie Sheet/Parkline/Glacier Point Apron relative to how long I've been climbing, and we'll be adding some Tuolumne dome to that list in a couple weeks. I prefer face climbing (more upper body strength, less princess toes), so I've been stealthily increasing the angles of climbs we tackle.

Mrs. l.e.f.h., slab whisperer, outclimbing me on blown-out rubber
Mrs. l.e.f.h., slab whisperer, outclimbing me on blown-out rubber
Credit: looks easy from here
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
May 27, 2013 - 07:53am PT
Slab climbing. just like roofing but you don't get paied;) BTW i do a ton of slab climbing and am fairly good at it aparently???? according to my spurt climbing friends anything less than 90degrees is slab....
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Jun 5, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
uh...hello? <br/>
uh...hello?

Credit: Wade Icey
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