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L Crags (Sinister Slab Area)
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Persistence.  

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 5c

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 710', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Paul Ross Steve Rydalch (alt Leads) May 30th 2009
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Jun 4, 2009
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Description 

A climb on good rock that has a very thin but well protected crux .On a very warm day the FA party had numerous "slips" from the crux,perhaps less difficult in cooler conditions? This Sinister Slab area now has a collection of some of the best pure slab routes on the Reef.Starts about 50'up to the left of the climb Faith Hope and Clarity, small cairn. Look for two thin dark vertical intrusions

P1)Three pro bolts on this pitch the first at about 35'.From the second bolt climb straight up and the third bolt will come into view. Continue up to double anchors. 160' 5.8-R
P2)Go straight up very easy rock to where the slab steepens .From here climb at 5.5 for about 30' to double anchors.200' 5.5/6.
P3) Straight up passing one bolt to a line of four bolts which forms the crux section (30' of sport climbing!) . Above the forth bolt the climbing eases, climb passed three more pro bolts to double anchors. 170'5.11
P4)Continue straight above, two short 5.7 sections passing a bolt at about a 100'then to double anchors (same anchors as route to the left "Return of the Crocks")180' 5.7+R.

Descent:-Two raps from these anchors,a scramble to top of first pitch ,then to ground. Note from the top of P4 one can forth class up open slabs to the summit of the formation and great views


Location 

Sinister Slab Area . Approach from a pull off about 1/4 mile before the entrance to Three Finger Canyon. Hike to the north for about 20 mins. See photos of the crag .


Protection 

Quick draws . Two 60m ropes. slings



Photos of Persistence. Slideshow Add Photo
A) Return Of the Crocks. 5.8 B)Faith Hope and Clarity. C)Just Dreams.5.9R D)Slabtastic. 5.8+R. E)Sinister Slab 5.7R F)Persistence.5.11. Click on photo twice to enlarge.
BETA PHOTO: A) Return Of the Crocks. 5.8 B)Faith Hope and Clar...
Paul on first pitch
Paul on first pitch
Steve on first pitch
Steve on first pitch
After the climb a pool in Three Fingers Canyon
After the climb a pool in Three Fingers Canyon
Steve at the top of pitch two
Steve at the top of pitch two
View of Sinister Slab area taken from the Three Fingers Canyon road about 1/4 mile from entrance. A)The groove of "Return of the Crocks" B)To the starts of most routes.
View of Sinister Slab area taken from the Three Fi...
Paul starting the crux section of pitch three.
Paul starting the crux section of pitch three.
Top of the climb preparing to rap.
Top of the climb preparing to rap.
Paul just above crux section
Paul just above crux section
Camp at Three Fingers Canyon
Camp at Three Fingers Canyon
Two Fingers after the crux section close to Three Fingers.
Two Fingers after the crux section close to Three ...
Dawn at the Reef ... Time to go home...........
Dawn at the Reef ... Time to go home...........
Steve on the pitch four.
Steve on the pitch four.
Looking down the southern end of the slabs ."Surfing the Swell" slab (over 1600') formation is in the foreground.The dark Canyon wall on the right  forms Bongo canyon. Two fine climbs start out of this canyon ..Silver Lining 5.12 and Feeding the Rat 5.9-
Looking down the southern end of the slabs ."Surfi...
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