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The "Black Wall" lies just left of the Great Northern Slab (i.e. The Free Area) at the Lower Town Wall. It has a dark brownish color that contrasts with the neighboring grey rock of the Free Area, and the wall is fairly uniformly vertical. The middle-right side tends to stay wet longer than the rock at the Free Area.
From the area just below the Great Northern Slab, walk straight towards the wall, going up and behind a large flake to reach a fairly level base. The trail should be obvious. One must do a few scrambling moves to reach the flake, but the whole approach takes only a minute or two.
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Start up the large flake on the left edge of the wall. The technical crux, at about 10b, is doing the moves just off the ledge, about 30-feet up (just past bolt 2). (These are the only moves on small holds -- the rest of the route is a jug-fest.) Follow the juggy rail up and right. One can go over the first bulge directly or by moving left (both about 10a). The pumpy crux is at the lip, getting over the overhanging bulge. The route continues about 30 feet on the slab above. The anchor is 3 3/8" ...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
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