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Great Northern Slab 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Paul Guimarin, Philip Leatherman
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Submitted By: Lizzy Trower on Jan 26, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: A climber about half way up the Great Northern Sla...


A fun outing, this route tends to be pretty popular. P1 (5.2) Start in the corner to the left of the flat ledge with the 10c toprope problem. Climb rightward up a ramp and through some bushes, then straight up an easy ramp to two very large (i.e. 1-inch diameter) bolts. P2 (5.7) Climb up the corner. The 5.7 move is the somewhat awkward move to gain a sloping ledge. Continue up the crack system on the left or the right (technically Pisces), both 5.6, to a belay/rappel station with an overcomplicated set of chains. P3 (5.7+) Either climb up a ramp left and continue up to the top, or go right up another ramp and climb a slabby face to the top. Descent: Rap the route. With 2 60-m ropes, you can reach the ground from the rap station at the top of the second pitch.


A standard trad rack to 3" will suffice, with lots of runners to help reduce rope drag. All the belays are bolted.

Photos of Great Northern Slab Slideshow Add Photo
Looking up a fun 2nd pitch
Looking up a fun 2nd pitch
Wil I Am topping out on TGNS
Wil I Am topping out on TGNS
My first free solo!
My first free solo!
starting the first pitch 5.2 to huge bolts
starting the first pitch 5.2 to huge bolts
Bobby finishing up the second (and best) pitch.
Bobby finishing up the second (and best) pitch.

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By Casey Jones
From: Seattle, WA
Feb 9, 2006

Seemed a lot easier than 5.7+ to me. Eats up stoppers. Gets really crowded!!!
By Blitzo
Sep 13, 2006

A good climb.
By Matias Francis
Aug 26, 2013

My very first trad/multipitch climb.. great first one... to me it had a lot of good features. 2 cruxes, crack some facing climbing on the 3rd pitch. the grade to me was a little soft felt like 5.8
By Dance Party
From: Seattle, Wa
Sep 1, 2013

Anyone know the details of the bolted line that runs up the arete on the far (climbers) left of the 3rd pitch? Climbed it today instead of the crack to the right that i've done in the past. Felt a bit harder and was really fun.
By Nick Drake
Aug 24, 2015

I'm not sure what the 2 bolt next to the arete on P3 is either, but it was fun. Actual slab moves w/o positive hands, I think it would get a 7 at darrington.
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