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Great Northern Slab 


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Description 

The Great Northern Slab is where many climb their first time at Index. There are a lot of fun, moderate trad routes, mostly 2-3 pitches in length. When the sun is out, the routes are all in the sun.

If it is too hot, the relatively cool Inner & Side Walls, as well as Lookout Point, also have great moderate (5.9 and below) routes.


Getting There 

The trail from the parking lot leads straight to the Great Northern Slab (i.e. don't turn left or right, just go straight).


20 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',5],['5.11',7],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Great Northern Slab:
Pisces   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Taurus   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Sickle Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Great Northern Slab   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   
Aires   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 250'   
Roger's Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Breakfast of Champions   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Libra Crack   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Strength Through Bowling   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Marginal Karma   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Terminal Preppie   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Sonic Reducer   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Great Northern Slab
Pisces is the straight, splitter hand crack located to the right of the climber on Great Northern Slab.  Pisces sits on top of Libra Crack, but the harder Libra can be bypassed to the right.

Pisces 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b  WA : Index : ... : Great Northern Slab
This perfect splitter handcrack is really a continuation of Libra Crack but is often climbed by itself. To climb the crack w/o climbing Libra there are two options:1. Climb the 5.0 gully past the giant rings and up the corner before traversing left to the base of the crack.2. Climb the 5.4 corner above, and just left, of Blockbuster before traversing left past an arete to the base of the crack. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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Blockbuster hasn't made its way into the archives of this site but heres a photo
Blockbuster hasn't made its way into the archives ...
Below the Great Northern Slab, looking up at Libra Crack near the top center.  Most of the climbing takes place above Libra Crack.
Below the Great Northern Slab, looking up at Libra...
Sunny day at the Lower Wall
Sunny day at the Lower Wall
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