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PSOM Slab

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Big Deal, The T 
Breaking & Entering T 
Digi T 
High Life, The T 
John Fischer Memorial Route T,S 
Lizard Gizzards T 
PBR Street Gang T 
Polish Direct T 
Pretty New Anchor T 
PSOM Pinnacle T 
Racing Lizards T 
Same As It Never Was S 
Serious But Not Desperate T 
Silver Streak T 
Slow Ride T 
Unknown A S 
Unknown B S 
Wanted Man T 
Your Mother Was a Hamster T,S 

PSOM Slab 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 37.38788, -118.6742 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Adam Winters on Mar 31, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: P.S.O.M slab.

Description 

"Palisade School of Mountaineering Slab"

A large slab of white granite broken by countless cracks, seams, and ledges, with both blank and featured faces to test your friction skills on.

The angle of the PSOM is pretty mellow for the most part, but many other sections can be found of varying steepness. A handful of lines on the left side of the slab have been put up recently.

This is another area with only a bundle of established lines. Few of the climbs are more than one or two pitches, and on a slab of around 700 feet or so, it doesn't take a genius to realize the potential higher up.


Getting There 

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19 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',6],['5.10',5],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for PSOM Slab:
Racing Lizards   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   
Slow Ride   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
PSOM Pinnacle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Lizard Gizzards   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
The High Life   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Digi   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   
The Big Deal   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
PBR Street Gang   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 400'   
Wanted Man   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 175'   
Breaking & Entering   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Unknown A   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 45'   
Silver Streak   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   
John Fischer Memorial Route   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 7 pitches, 750'   
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PSOM Slab
PSOM Slab
PSOM slab. April 2010
PSOM slab. April 2010
The PSOM Slab (center)
The PSOM Slab (center)
Left to right. Watchtower 5.9, Sweety 5.9, and Freescale semiconductor 5.11- with the entire PSOM slab on the right.
BETA PHOTO: Left to right. Watchtower 5.9, Sweety 5.9, and Fre...
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By max huecksteadt
From: Leavenworth, WA
Nov 30, 2013

Checked out the PSOM slab for my first time earlier in November, we found two short(5ish bolts), bolted slab routes maybe 40-50' up from the toe of the buttress, anyone know what these are?
I led the left, looked like it would be easy but was actually pretty invigorating! It was my first friction slab so I'm curious what the grade is...maybe 5.9?

unknown slab routes on PSOM
unknown slab routes on PSOM

By old5ten
From: Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
Dec 23, 2013

i think the two slab routes at the toe of PSOM were put up by rick p.

no names yet, but they are both high quality (fun, clean) slab routes.

the left one has 5 bolts and is imho around 10b. the right one has 4 bolts and goes around 9+/10a, or significantly easier if you use the right hand edge.

By max huecksteadt
From: Leavenworth, WA
Dec 26, 2013

They definitely are great routes! I didn't mean to sandbag by suggesting 5.9 for the left, just wasn't sure if I suck at slabs or not. Still some crumbly feet, but fun nonetheless.

By Jeff Scheuerell
May 3, 2014

Ya, did it the other day, fun route, to bad it isn't a little longer.

Any one know what the longer, steeper, thin slab route is 50' right???

By Todd Townsend
From: Bishop, CA
May 3, 2014

I believe that's a new route that Darrell Hensel put up recently. I think he was calling it 5.11c? Anyway, 11c for a slabmaster like Darrell is like 5.impossible for the rest of us mortals.