The first pitch of Slasher is well protected by bolts (5.9; 9 bolts; 90 feet). This is a really nice pitch, and is a nice route to do if you are not up to leading some of the other nearby routes that have slightly more runout climbing. However, nothing in Tuolumne is a given; be prepared to climb 10-15 feet of slab to get to the first bolt.
The second and third pitches involve both gear and bolts and are somewhere in the 5.10 to 5.10+ range.
The route is equipped to be rappelled with two ropes from double bolt anchors.
The approach trail deposits you at the white slab that contains Metalhead. To find Slasher, keep going up and left past the first white slab and locate Slasher, Flash of the Blade, and finally Dastardly Rascal. Slasher is the first route, followed up further left by Flash of the Blade. Both Slasher and Flash of the Blade are shown in the beta photo.
9-12 draws (including a few long runners for gear on the second and third pitches) plus a single rack if you climb the second and third pitches.
Aug 15, 2011
P2 is very fun and definitely worth doing. My take is more a 5.9.
Can rap from the route with a 70m easily.
|By Kurt Jensen|
Jul 18, 2012
I recently climbed at Razorback twice, and the climbing is great! Led all 3 pitches of Flash of the Blade as well as this one. However, the 3rd pitch of Slasher felt harder than the first pitch of Metalhead, with a thin and awkward crux that 1 partner bailed on, I succeeded and felt it to be 10D, with spicy sloping mantles and minor runouts above...and a 3rd in our group fell 4x at the crux. All great pitches, but I'd call P2 9 or 10a, and P3 10D? P2 is very fun, and P3 is great too, but significantly harder.