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Monday Morning Slab, Harry Daley Route 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Ken Weeks, Harry Daley 1960
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Submitted By: Todd Grier on Apr 1, 2007

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Great relaxed climb. Fun roof


1-2 up to 3.5", depending on your ability

Photos of Monday Morning Slab, Harry Daley Route Slideshow Add Photo
Owen on P1 (c) Scott Nomi.
Owen on P1 (c) Scott Nomi.
Tennessee on P2 overhang (c) Scott Nomi.
Tennessee on P2 overhang (c) Scott Nomi.
Approach beta for Harry-Daley Route.
BETA PHOTO: Approach beta for Harry-Daley Route.
Free Soloing thru the second pitch
Free Soloing thru the second pitch

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By matt fetbrod
May 4, 2007

An absolutely brilliant route! One of those that reminds you why you started climbing in the first place!
By Blitzo
Jan 5, 2008

Excellent description!
By vincent L.
From: Redwood City
Mar 2, 2008

Often times people belay at the bolted anchor at the top of the first pitch. It is better to go up the easy ramp to the base of the roof near the dead tree and belay instead. Doing this frees up that anchor for toproping the bolted route to the left of harry daley, and it also allows people to rap from the anchor on the way down from the top of harry daley.
By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Aug 7, 2008

Should be on everyones moderate crack ticklist. The wall above seems to call to you and you will want to keep going...
By Tim Camuti
From: Placerville, CA
Jul 30, 2009

The variety of cracks- fingers, hands, fists, a traverse, all in short sections of 20 feet or so,- and the roof pull on solid pro and jams make this route an absolute joy. At two short pitches it is not too much of a commitment, either, short enough to keep things fun and enjoyable. A great climb! Belaying from the tree is recommended, even comfortable.
Two ropes to rappel, 60m ropes will get you down to the first 3rd class bench from the chain anchors. The 10b slab climb to the left of the route (Variation on a Theme) is an enjoyable and challenging toprope from same anchors.
By Chris Owen
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Sep 20, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Second pitch is a lot of fun.

"Class 3" approach could mess with some people's heads, especially the descent.
By rhyang
From: San Jose, CA
May 10, 2010

Rapped with two 60m ropes. From the first bolt anchor these got us to a ledge about 20' below the starting ledge, which made the descent more casual .. class 2-ish. If the initial scrambling wigs you out there are usually rap slings off a bush on the right side of the starting ledge.
By Rodger Raubach
Mar 15, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

One of my favorites on the Apron. The second pitch is a classic at the 5.7 level. A very well protected moderate" climb.
By Justin Peacock
From: Denver, co
Jan 8, 2012

So good. The traverse is easy but a little scary for the "traverse-adverse" like myself.
By Jason Albino
From: San Francisco, CA
Apr 24, 2012

Classic line, really glad we did this one. I agree, though, that last section of the approach around the base blocks felt a bit sketchy for Class 3. Might be easier to keep left a bit at the rock base, and use switchbacks until you're almost directly under the start of the climb.

For reference, I'm 6' and a solid 5.7/5.8 leader with about 100 pitches of trad under my belt all-time.

Definitely felt like the crux was the leftward traverse on P1. Analyze where your pro will be on this section ahead of time, as it's a critical spot to protect you and your follower and there aren't a ton of placement options. Climbing this in April, though our route was dry, the friction feet were still not 100% dry on the rock, making this section feel committing. That said, I committed and had no problem getting through it traversing hands on the small crack and using friction feet on the face. I later saw another climber put feet in the crack and use undercling hands in the same crack as well for this part, which looks like it might have felt easier (though probably would have made the pro more awkward).

After the traverse on P1, if you've got big hands you'll be treated to an all-too-short splitter crack, followed by the aforementioned tree belay (good idea).

For P2, I found the roof move right above the tree to be easy with my big hand jams, but my 5'2" female partner with small hands had quite a bit more difficulty with it. In either case, it's short and the rest of the climb offers nice slab moves and great pro opportunities.
By Yosemitesam
Apr 24, 2012

I find the easiest way to do the traverse on the first pitch is to plug in a solid piece and then stand up on the little ledge. Walk across it. Hands on the blank face for balance. It's only a few moves left and there are big pockets for your feet. Forget the pro! Just go for it. It's easy and it would be scarier having to stop and place gear.
Also, regarding the above comment about the second pitch. I would say that after the roof the rest of the climb offers sweet 5.7/5.8 crack climbing. Not much slab.
I've never thought the 3rd class approach was any big deal. Pretty standard stuff.
By Aerili
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 8, 2012

Like a stepped-up version of The Grack. I thought the opening moves were the crux.
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
May 24, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Climbed this last October. Fun cruise, don't miss out on the short but sweet Chouinard Crack after P1 (it's the fun-looking thing that goes left, very easy and very fun). Casual cruise, with some entertainment provided on the section where you walk the crack. Just laugh while you're up there and think of it like walking the plank, only different.

Have fun
By Gargano
From: Oakland, CA
Oct 29, 2012

Two single-rope raps with a 70m will get you down. Just barely with stretch on P2.
By The Other James
Apr 15, 2013

With a 70m rope, you can link the pitches and I still had some rope to spare at the anchors.
By bmdhacks
Oct 23, 2013

We approached from the right into the rotten corner up to the bush/tree with tat. I do not recommend this, despite what supertopo shows. Here's a better route: scramble up to the first ledge by the dead tree. Next, move left along the ledge until you see some nice slab/scramble moves on better rock closer to the base of the climb.

Also, for descent, you can rappel on two 60 meter ropes from the first anchors down to that first ledge. Traverse west to the dead tree and scramble down.
By Lucian G.
From: New Haven, CT
Jan 21, 2014

P1 was great! Unfortunately I had to bail from the end of it because it was getting dark.

As some others mentioned, I'd recommend plugging a cam into the traverse crack before stepping into it. It's pretty easy to stand on it and shimmy across, but it'd be awkward to place gear once you've stood already. I didn't think about this beforehand, and it felt sketchy to bend down and do it once I was on the ledge, so I ended up running it out to the anchor to avoid rope drag, which was a very stupid decision in retrospect.