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YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: D. Quinn
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Submitted By: BrianWinslow on May 21, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Steep ol Slab

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I found info for this climb on one of the "other" climbing pages. The description was pretty short so I may have the wrong climb, but this pretty much seemed like it. I'll try to describe it a little better. Starts with a technical, bouldery sequence up fairly thin seems on a vertical section of the rock. After a big through with the left hand, work up a vertical seem with a few pods, but still too small and shallow for finger locks (balancy, fun crux.) It seems to be easier for shorter climbers but fun none the less. Above the second bolt the angle eases a bit and it turns into a fun slab climb, with one, thin, easier crux section.


On the right side of the crag, about 30 feet past Pee Wee's Big Adventure. The bottom (crux) of the climb is in the shade when the leaves are out. There is one more bolt line to the right of this route.


Bolts, maybe 7, up to chains. There were quick draws hanging at the anchor when I did it but you may want to be prepared incase they're gone, it's hard to see the top from the ground.

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By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Mar 21, 2010

S.O.S. ... Steep Ole Slab
By Matt Levine
From: Concord, NH
Aug 18, 2013

A lot better than I expected. Fun!
By M Bageant
From: Cambridge, MA
May 7, 2015

The start might be easier for a shorty, but this one was definitely bolted by a tall man.

If you are in fact a shorty like me (5'6" with -1 reach) you will find making the clips strenuous since you can't reach the bolts from any of the logical stances and must climb up a little and lock off. Pre-hung draws (from climbing Seabreeze next door or from offering the first go to your tall friend) will make you feel better about life.
By M Sprague
From: New England
May 7, 2015

"Tall Quinn" is ~ 5'7-8". Did you try hip clipping? I have never known Dave to bolt reachy clips
By M Bageant
From: Cambridge, MA
Oct 6, 2015

I climbed it again yesterday, Mark, and I will have to retract that statement. Taking a better line (to the left of the bolts at the start) put me in a better position to reach the clips; though it was a reach, it was a comfortable reach.

(Perhaps it was because originally I climbed straight up the bolt line...which felt really stout! Starting 3-4 feet to the left of the bolt line felt much more fair for 5.11a.)

The crux comes between the first and second bolt...stick clipping the second bolt may be a good idea if 5.11a is not a given for you!

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