Monday Morning Slab, Right 5.4

 
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Glacier Point Apron


Yosemite Valley, California USA


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Monday Morning Slab: First multi-pitch climb with the the kids
Monday April 8, 2013 12:09am
My wife and I took the kids on their first multi-pitch climb this weekend. Monday Morning Slab was a great choice. My 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter loved it. The short approach is great, although there was some snow at the base we had to cross.

Snow below the first pitch
Snow below the first pitch
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looking down from the top of the first pitch.
looking down from the top of the first pitch.
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Beautiful views
Beautiful views
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Credit: hamersorethumb
My daughter and Wife finishing the 2nd pitch.
My daughter and Wife finishing the 2nd pitch.
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Caleb enjoying the view
Caleb enjoying the view
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Credit: hamersorethumb

We climbed with double ropes, my son on one and my wife and daughter on the other. I belayed using a reverso which worked great, My son would start up and when he was 20 or 30 feet up they would head up. Descending was a little slow, I would lower my wife and daughter, then lower my son, then rap down.

looking down from the final anchor
looking down from the final anchor
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Lowering my son
Lowering my son
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Traversing the ledge to the anchor above Zoner.
Traversing the ledge to the anchor above Zoner.
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My daughter loving it.
My daughter loving it.
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Credit: hamersorethumb

The kids and parents had a great day and all want to come back for more. We are thinking of trying the Sunnyside Bench Regular Route next. Any other recommendations for great climbs with the kids, tr or multi?

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Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
  Apr 8, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Sweet! Thanks!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
  Apr 8, 2013 - 12:16am PT
They look like they are having the time of their life ... Nicely done!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Apr 8, 2013 - 12:23am PT
Rethink the Sunnyside route. Too long, overall. Wait a year or two. No rush.

This is not going to be "One of those things we should have done."

Real fine story.

Congratulations kids!
10b4me

climber
  Apr 8, 2013 - 12:43am PT
Good job starting them young
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Apr 8, 2013 - 01:24am PT
Love seeing families outside, and especially having fun doing it! Thanks, great pictures, and it's getting me excited for our first, due next month
Short Fall Sean

Social climber
  Apr 8, 2013 - 01:41am PT
Nice! The abundance of smiles suggest "mega-success".
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  Apr 8, 2013 - 01:48am PT
Cool!! Looks like fun! Nice tr! Can't wait to get there! Everyone was too scared of rockfall last year.
bpope

climber
Sunnyvale, CA
  Apr 8, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
Were there anchors at the very top of the feature? (i.e. above where the climb ends in the SuperTopo?) Seems like scrambling down to the anchors on Harry Daley and then rapping from there would work too.
clode

Trad climber
portland, or
  Apr 8, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
Great job and nice pics! TFPU. Try The Cow (1st pitch) or The Grack (Center), around the east side of Glacier Point Apron. That area has great 1-3 pitch climbs at 5.6 or lower. Great natural pro and good rap stations. Probably perfect for your entourage. Props for your helmets too!
gstock

climber
Yosemite Valley
  Apr 8, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
Way to go!

I think Sunnyside Bench is a good starter route (my daughter first did it at 5 years old), the trickiest part is the walk off, which you might want to belay in places.

Other easy multi-pitch options include After Six (easiest if you traverse in above the first pitch), Munginella, Holdless Horror, and Snake Dike. My daughter, now 8, cruised all of these.
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
  Apr 8, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
What a wonderful TR... thanks for sharing!
(Great happy smiles!)
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Apr 8, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
Well done! The right side of MM Slab was my daughters' first Yosemite multi-pitch, and its first pitch was my younger daughter's first lead.

Following last pitch, Monday Morning Slab, right side
Following last pitch, Monday Morning Slab, right side
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Lisa leading first pitch of Monday Morning Slab, RIght Side
Lisa leading first pitch of Monday Morning Slab, RIght Side
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The incomparable Tollhouse Traverse was their first multi-pitch route, though.

John
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
  Apr 8, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
Great!

Nothing better than a family climbing together :)
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
  Apr 8, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Sweet TR

... I'm I'm Menlo too , let me know if you wanna climb sometime .
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Apr 8, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
Very cool, great memories for sure!
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