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McKinley's Slab 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Jim Jackson, Chad Jolley, Spring1999
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on May 22, 2004
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Just left of McKinley's Crack is this deceiving face climb. It isn't hard, but looks really easy. Small holds are the problem and the solution.


2 chains at the top. 4 bolts on the route.

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The obvious crack is McKinley's and 14 is the Unknown Face(5.8)
BETA PHOTO: The obvious crack is McKinley's and 14 is the Unkn...
Alysha on her 3rd route.
Alysha on her 3rd route.
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By Nathan Fisher
May 2, 2005

I just re-climbed this and re-adjusted it from a 5.8 to 5.7. Maybe, I am just getting better...

By Nathan Fisher
May 9, 2005

Alright, now I am just confusing myself. Everytime I climb this I feel different about the difficulty. Someone else climb this and McKinleys and tell us what you think. It feels like a 5.7; however, McKinley's IS documented as a 5.7 and this one is definitely harder. I am bumping it back to a 5.8. But, please someone else climb it. I guess McKinleys could be easier than 5.7...

By Nathan Fisher
May 9, 2005

On another note, this climb should be climbed without the bolts. Bring a #2, #1, and a .75 Camalot and you can lead this relatively safe. Bit of groundfall potential between piece 2 and 3. The Cams go in horizontal cracks and I backed up the last piece with a fun #5 nut placement.

Jun 28, 2005
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c

I would list it as an easy 5.8-, It is tougher than Mckinnley's. This is a good area for beginners. I have even seen this climb set up as a TR.

By Jim Jackson
Apr 26, 2007

This Route is named Mc Kinley's Slab. This route was bolted with the intent to be climbed mixed gear and bolts. Its not necessary though, just if you want it very protected or as a good placed to teach a beginner to transition to trad climbing. This route was bolted by hand drill in the spring of 1999 on the same day as Shooting at the Family History Library in Downtown SLC. I was supposed to be working there that day and went climbing instead. It was bolted by the Rose Park Posse, Jim Jackson and Chad Jolley. This gully was dubbed 'Gully of Lower Education'. The route was rated 5.6.