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Super Slab 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 450', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
Season: year round
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Submitted By: Karsten on Jan 25, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Super Slab 5.6

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One of the finest 5.6's you'll ever do. The climbing is fantastic and the position is amazing. The first and last pitches can be rope stretchers.

Pitch 1: 5.6 This climb begins up a left facing dihedral/ramp. Follow the crack occasionally using face holds to a ledge and bolted anchors.

Pitch 2: Take a tenuous traverse left. Be careful to protect for the second here. Take this short pitch to a ledge that is almost parallel to the last belay. Natural anchor takes .5 to 1 inch

Pitch 3: Use face features to pull a short steep section and then follow the crack/seam up into another left facing dihedral to the summit.

From the top walk back away from the face descending a small slab to a grassy bowl. Then climb up another steep slab for 30ft and then continue hiking west to get to hiking trail. Once at the trail follow it down to the right.


Nuts, Cams to 3 inches
Many long slings

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3rd pitch of Super Slab
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P1 start of Super Slab
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Looking down the final pitch from our October Smit...
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Nora on Super Slab - Pitch 1.  Tim Belaying
BETA PHOTO: Nora on Super Slab - Pitch 1. Tim Belaying

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By Mattyg
From: Bend, OR
Jul 31, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

A great rap station has been set up just to the North from the top of the route. Take TWO ropes, as you will need them to rap to the top of the first pitch, then another rap gets you to the ground.
By Drew Peterson
Oct 31, 2007

Grade III? The route is very straightforward and I would guess that the only reason the commitment would be III is if there are 16 people waiting at the belay ledge. Really fun route for a mellow few hours. The second pitch takes nuts very well.
By Stephen Davis
May 19, 2008
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Very Fun alternative/climbing warm up to the misery ridge trail up and over, you pass right by this so why not do this instead of the crappy slippery hike?
By Plaidman
From: Portland, Oregon
May 17, 2009

Be careful of the hollow flakes on the first pitch. It reminded me of climbing in Garden of The Gods in Colorado. Pull down not out and they may hold.
By DWech
From: Fort Collins
Jun 1, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

If you don't have two ropes, head for the belay station as described, but turn left, descend onto a shelf that angles down into a gully. At the head of this gully is a concave slab with dark water-streaks. Friction-climb that (unprotected 5.5) to an exit at the top of the gully, then follow your nose (up) until you intersect the Misery Ridge Trail. Hike down. Even with the longer walk-off, it's still not Grade III.
By bevans
Nov 9, 2010

Despite the route description above, the first and last pitches are not rope stretchers.
By Aaron Hartig
Nov 10, 2010

Hey Bevans, Were you the one that got suck up there last weekend? If so what happened??
By bevans
Nov 29, 2010

lol hartiga. nope.
By Nate Ball
From: Taipei, TW
May 1, 2012
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

The "walk-off" is sh!t. Exponentially more so if you've got anything on your back. Don't do it. The top 50 feet of this route make up for the trudge that is the first pitch, and the precarious semi-protectable traverse.
By Phill T
May 18, 2012

no need to take two ropes, a single 70 will get you down fine. Walk around the big block at the summit climbers right, use those rap anchors and go to the chains 30 feet down and 20 feet to climbers right. This will put you at the top of P1 where a 70 gets you down fine. Fun route, but not quite a 4 star classic the book suggests. You can easily link p2 and 3 with a 70.
By Floyd Hayes
Jul 18, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I thought the first few moves of pitch 3, which can be protected with a monster #5 BD cam, were the crux (stiff for 5.6). If walking off, the class 4 downclimb and 5.7 exit gully are neither trivial nor unexposed--a tumble from either would really hurt! The short but fun "unprotected" crux in the exit gully CAN be protected with gear (there is a small lieback crack) and a two-bolt anchor at the top can be used to belay your partner(s), which I discovered after free-soloing it. The scenic Misery Ridge Trail was easy to find and descend--just keep heading uphill to the right and you can't miss it.
By Zak Krenzer
From: Maple Valley, WA
May 6, 2013

The "Top Out" was pretty tricky, climbing out of the gully is certainly an actual rock climb. It seemed more sketchy getting down into the gully than climbing out of it. Approach shoes and an solid spotter at a minimum, skip the flip flops.. - short rope it and belay your partner up if you feel like being extra safe. There are a couple of places for gear and bolts at the top.
By Muscrat
Dec 14, 2014

Fun line to climb by the light of the moon. Make it exciting..use only nuts.
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