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7. The Slabs

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Beginners Direct 
Beginners Easy Variation 
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Booklet, The 
Cormier-Magness Route, The 
Fingertip Trip 
Man O War 
Ninth Wave, The 
Sea of Holes 
Slabs Direct 
Sliding Board 
South Buttress of Wankers Wall 
Standard Route 
Stop if you Dare 
Tidal Wave 
Waiting for Comeau 
Wave Bye Bye 
Wave Length 

7. The Slabs 

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The best pure friction climbing in the Northeast. Often run out and bold but always fun and exciting. Routes like Sliding Board and Standard Route see the crowds, but I've never climbed a bad route in this area....

The slabs are located on the north end of the cliff, very sunny for the first half of the day...You will bake in the sun on a hot summer day... And look out for rain clouds when you are run out 100ft on a seemingly innocent bit of friction, it can get slick....

Some of the most popular routes start from the "launch pad", a platform of rock about a 100ft of the ground located in the middle of the slab... It is an easy walk up to the launch pad, so most folks don't rope up till this point....

There are many other starts along the base of the cliff most routes start with a poorly or unprotected climb up moderate friction to the first anchor.... The starts will be described in the routes description....

Getting There 

From the hotel parking lot trail entrance, walk less than a minute to the HUGE slab in front of you.... Just to your right is the Beginner Route (5.5). Slightly up and left is the launch pad. Further left you will find the other slab climbs like Sea of Holds (5.7) and many more....

21 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for 7. The Slabs:
Beginners Easy Variation   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   
Beginners Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a R     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   
Standard Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a R     Trad, 9 pitches, 1100'   
Wedge   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   
The Cormier-Magness Route   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 8 pitches, 1150'   
Beginners Direct   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b R     Trad, 2 pitches   
Sliding Board   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R     Trad, 9 pitches, 1000'   
Slabs Direct   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Sea of Holes   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   
Wave Length   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   
Waiting for Comeau   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
The Booklet   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
The Ninth Wave   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R     Trad, 5 pitches   
Interloper    5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b R     Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'   
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The Cormier-Magness Route 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b  NH : Whitehorse Ledge : 7. The Slabs
A good deal of variety for the slabs with fun climbing on every pitch.1) scramble to the pine tree at the end of the first pitch of Beginner’s Route.2) “The Wheat Thin Arete” 5.6, 190’. Step right of the tree 10’ and head up toward a bolt. Climb past a horizontal to join a thin flake. Follow the flake to an aręte on the right, passing 2 more bolts to a two bolt anchor.3) “The Cajun Washboard” 5.6, 170’. Straight up off the belay through some bulgy areas passing one bolt to a steeper wall. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

Photos of 7. The Slabs Slideshow Add Photo
Looking up the slabs from the base.
Looking up the slabs from the base.
The Slabs from Echo Lake.
The Slabs from Echo Lake.
Echo Lake
Echo Lake
The Slabs from the top of Cathedral.
The Slabs from the top of Cathedral.
what a outstanding day in march. this was from beginners route
what a outstanding day in march. this was from beg...
Starting up the slabs.
Starting up the slabs.
Busy day on standard arch we finished before the five party's you see. Photo by Loran Smith
Busy day on standard arch we finished before the f...
Courtney on belay from the beginners route
Courtney on belay from the beginners route
Zackary getting pumped about climbing
Zackary getting pumped about climbing
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By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Jan 18, 2008

what is the hardest route on the slabs?

By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Jan 18, 2008

There are a couple routes that check in at a higher grade on the slabs but the hard slab classic is Interloper (5.10c R)... If I ever get the balls to climb it (I plan to) I'll be sure to put it up on MP...