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Slip 'n Slide 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Sport, 115'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Kelly Cordner, Barry Oswick (1997) GU
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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Dec 21, 2006
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Description 

Four bolts of slab climbing (with a 5.9 crux encountered after the fourth bolt) leads to a striking hand crack. Follow bolts up this beautiful, sustained crack which gets steeper and steeper with height. Simply awesome!

The route can be climbed as one long pitch or broken down into two. With a single 50 or 60-meter rope, it will take two rappels to get back down.


Location 

Walk to the high point of the talus slope that abuts Lower Elbow Room. The route starts on the right-hand side of this high point--look above for the striking hand crack that sits left of a clean left-facing dihedral (which is "Palm Reader").


Protection 

12-13 bolts



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Kathy Boussina nears the lower crux of "Slip 'n Slide" at the Lower Elbow Room.  In this case, we climbed the route as 2 separate pitches.
Kathy Boussina nears the lower crux of "Slip 'n Sl...
Diana leading the nice finger crack of Slip and Slide.
Diana leading the nice finger crack of Slip and Sl...
beautiful crack on the top section of Slip n Slide
beautiful crack on the top section of Slip n Slide
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By Matthew Fienup
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From: Ventura, CA
Dec 21, 2006

This is one of my top 5 routes in the Gorge!!

By JMo
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 11, 2010

this route is fantastic, thanks to those who put it up. 1 minor comment, unless mammut screwed up and made my 70m rope 10 feet short you will not make it to the ground on a 70m, so be careful. luckily my belayer was on it and noticed in time, but be sure and knot your rope. a 70m will get you to the easy 5.1 climbing that starts the route- you can stand up, untie, and downclimb no problem. but if you are just rapping down you might get an unpleasant surprise.

By LifeIsGood
May 15, 2010

I was just there in April - lead this one and loved it more than when I cleaned it in November.

My 70m brought me safely to the ground - with rope to spare. I wonder if it has anything to do with which side of the slide you lower off? The party just ahead of us were short roped, and they had lowered off to the right of the bulge - more along the bolt line.

I lowered off to the left of the bulge ... just a heads up for anyone else coming down. (I have a 70m Edelweiss)and I rapped off the same line in November and had no problems.

Awesome climb too!

By BruceB
From: Reno, NV
May 26, 2011

Very enjoyable climb. We split this into two pitches to give my partner multipitch practice.