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Across from the dramatic, overhanging, tiger-striped wall that contains "Namaste" is a beautiful grey slab. This area currently contains 6 lines. From left to right they are:
Unknown Project: Only two bolts thus far.
Extremely Tough Slab: 5.11d with a 5.13 extension (rumored).
Pins and Needles: 5.11a.
Pulp Friction: 5.10c.
Sand Surfin': 5.10b - currently a cracked hanger at bolt #2 and potentially very dangerous.
Self Abuse: 5.9 and a variation of Sand Surfin' that begins at it's third bolt and dodges off straight left to another line of bolts.
All of the climbs are generally well-protected slabs of varying difficulty proportional to the steepness of the wall. I recommend starting with Sand Surfin' (skip Self Abuse) and working your way left down the wall until you get shut down.
7 bolts to an anchor.
By Kenneth Duncan
Oct 11, 2004
Sand surfin' 2nd bolt still cracked as of 10/10/04. A fall on this would probably result in a 30' - 50' ground fall.
By Nate Furman
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 12, 2007
2nd bolt is still cracked as of 11/10/2007
By John Douglass
From: Seattle, WA
May 5, 2014
Fairly sure that the second bolt is gone as of 4/23/13. Or I'm blind. Or it's really runout. Anyway, fun slab climb.