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YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 700', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Bradley White and Paul, 1983
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: bradley white on Jul 2, 2009

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The crux is in the corner groove on the left side of the first and only steep slab of the climb. After that pitch enter the slabs of desolation moving up and across at 5-1 to 5-0. the heat can be unbearable. No more water is a bad idea. Diagonal higher and for some people this climb would be fantastic. I became unimpressed. There are gear placements on it. After the slabs on the right hike up long talus sloped ravine to the trail.


[NH Admin's NOTE: Not sure whether this is on the "Left Slab", or the "Far Left Slab". The "diagonal left to the hidden slab" would tend to believe it was on the "Far Left Slab", but the Far Left does not have a "100+ ft headwall" like the "Left Slab" has. The "very long scree field...[to] the Crawford trail" would be consistent with the "smaller, middle" slab visible in the Webster Slabs Overview photo just above the text "600 yds". R.Hall ]

Boiler plate of low angle granite slabs on the northwestern slope of Mt. Webster. To get to the slab took the largest stream bed up beneath the slab. Nearly at end of stream bed walked left in the woods to hidden slab.
First pitch crux can be rappelled by trees. The rest of it climbed can be walked back down. It's got great views for a great distance. Above slab is a 100+ft head wall. Did diagonal off the slab before head wall onto a scree field. Very long scree field up converges onto the Crawford trail. Hiking up a short distance east, right is the summit lookout of Webster or left goes down to the Crawford House. On the way shortly down from the summit of Webster is the is a waterfall with a cold shaded pool.


Best to leave the rope and equipment at home on this climb and just do the first pitch confidently to get to the openness of the slabs. Bring enough water. Paul and I ran out of water early. We hated the ropes and gear for nothing and after awhile an umbrella was all that we really wanted because we really needed the shade.

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