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By jim.dangle
Nov 6, 2012
Any thoughts?

Jim

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By Charles Kinbote
From Brooklyn, NY
Nov 6, 2012
On Waimea, 5.10d
Meltdown is a 9a (5.14d) slab in the UK.

Nalle Hukkataival (Spelling?) has done a couple V13 slab boulder problems. One of them is available on youtube (search V13 slab), and the other can be seen in this video: climbingnarc.com/videos/the-ro...

It'd be fun to see/feel the "holds" on these climbs.

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By Southern Alex
Nov 6, 2012
Depending on your definition of pure slab, maybe one of Dawes' slate routes?

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By john strand
From southern colo
Nov 6, 2012
Meltdown is a steep slab, but I guess if it's under 90 degrees...There are tonsof 5.13 and up slabs in the UK., slate, grit etc.

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By Optimistic
From New Paltz
Nov 6, 2012
jim.dangle wrote:
Any thoughts? Jim

Here is a link to a ukc article on meltdown...the vid is pretty short, more of a letdown than a meltdown, but in what's shown, it sure looks a lot more like a face climb than a slab climb in the sense that I've normally understood the term "slab". Not that it isn't unbelievably hard, just that he's crimping and edging and sidepulling... ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?i...

La Pedriza in Spain has a reputation for hard slab...this one looks fairly challenging, 8b+, they say (warning, soundtrack contains didgeridoo, use caution!) climbing.com/video/5-14-slab-c...

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By stow
Nov 6, 2012
portion control
Possibly still Tokio Muroi's Banshousha in Ogawayama in Japan? - repeated several times, including by Nalle, so if he thinks his new ones are harder they probably are. Banshousha is 8Bish so V12/13. There is also one Muroi did next to it that is harder and still unrepeated I think.

I don't believe Font has any slabs harder than 8B (have not looked carefully though) but those grades are solid (I saw slabmeister Philip Le Denmat fall off a 4c slab once at Font - made my whole trip!)

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By Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Nov 6, 2012
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly" (5.10, X) on the Lost and Found Flatiron. Belayer is Mark Ruocco. Photo by Bill Wright, 10/06.
What was the name of the thing in Yosemite that went unrepeated for more or less forever until it got done again in old-school shoes? Mirror something?

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By Keny Glasscock
From Salt Lake City
Nov 6, 2012
Tony B wrote:
What was the name of the thing in Yosemite that went unrepeated for more or less forever until it got done again in old-school shoes? Mirror something?


Hall of Mirrors.

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