I include Slit in the Wide Crack Tour to emphasize it is perfectly acceptable to use face holds, and adjoining features, to overcome the wide crack portions of a climb.
This climb resides in a small, obscure alcove on the SW side of the crag, just beyond the parking area. Scramble around in the boulders until you find a small grouping of cracks in a hidden opening.
Slit takes the wide chimney at the right end of the alcove to a stretch of offwidth climbing. It is a short climb, and it is possible to use holds off to the right. But the OW section may require some technique, in which case remember the fundamentals: feet and legs power the wide crack machine, while arms serve to secure the progress gained.
I like this climb, but am not sure why. It is short, a bit chossy, and not all that classic, but if you feel compelled to climb all the moderate wide cracks on the Nautilus, here ya go.
Wider stuff. No pro for the start.
BETA PHOTO: The top of Slit.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Jul 19, 2004
The chimney part of this pitch (the first 20 feet or so) will protect with a #3 Big Bro. However, the moves are easy enough that most climbers will feel comfortable running it out.
|By Rob Dillon|
Aug 15, 2005
I like this climb, too. It's neat. The chimney, although short, is classic, and the topout is fun. Definitely belongs in Steve's Wide 101 tour of the Nautilus.
|By Brian Scoggins|
From: Eugene, OR
Mar 8, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b
You can weasel in a very tipped out #5 (old style) Camalot early on the chimney, otherwise it]s #3 Bigbro until the last 5 feet of the chimney, where you can get a pretty good #4 Bigbro. Beyond that, doubles in #4.5 and 5 Camalots (old style) or #5 and 6 Friends will see you to the top in style. Mind you, when I first led it, I had a #4 (old style), #5 (new style) and #5 (old style) Camalot and did it just fine. You probably won't die with a light wide rack.