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Susan on a 5.7 line, West Slabs.
Great place to learn slab and friction climbing. Routes from 5.6-5.8. Could be longer so do laps and find a harder line each time.
Obvious slab left of oak tree flake and swan slab chimney. To set an anchor hike up left side of climb then move right along ramp to a medium sized pine tree. This climb can be seen from the road and is popular with Yosemite guides and first timers and may be crowded.
Top rope only. Bring long slings to anchor off tree above slab.
|By Rodger Raubach|
Sep 30, 2011
There are many different starts and lines to follow; most are above 5.6 in difficulty now that many of the holds have peeled off over the years. The center line is fairly typical and is realistically more like 5.8 than 5.6. The right edge, nearest Bobcat Crack, is close to the 5.6 level if the best combination of holds is found. A worthwhile slab for practice.
|By Aaron Slaven|
From: Fresno, CA
Nov 21, 2012
The polish on this slab is getting ridiculous. Not really a beginners top rope.
From: Camp 4 or something
Dec 13, 2012
Very slippery indeed. Good place for a TR solo to do laps. More fun that way.
On the left side of the slabs before the mossy part, there are some much steeper sections that are much harder, with terrible feet. Very slippery start with a bouldering type move next and a topout onto slab.
5.6 - 5.7ish moves. The bottom seems the most slippery, and is usually the crux with a bulge (bulgey? bulgy? bolki.) start. Super easy in the middle, with a bulge at the top on either side of the slab.
Dress like a clown and TR solo it to make the millions of tourists who walk by think you're on drugs.
From: Santa Cruz, California
Apr 15, 2013
This slab was easy to climb. Mostly smearing and trusting your feet.
We have been climbing for about 6 months now and this was a nice and easy warm up. Do not get discouraged if you can't figure it out at first, keep trying, it's fun.
To set up the top rope, you walk around to the left up and put your rope around a tree.