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Poseidon Adventure TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Regular Route T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
Elevation: 4 ft
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Shared By: Jeff Beckman on Mar 8, 2004 with updates
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Slate's Spire sticks out of the Pacific Ocean and is only accessible during minus tides and small surf so plan carefully. The rock is sandstone with some loose holds and be sure to watch out for crabs at the bottom. There is a little sandy spot on the beach that is good for setting up your hibachi.

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Getting There

Go north on Highway-1 about 65 miles. The parking area is between mile markers 7 and 8 in Monterey County. Hike south along the beach to get there.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Slate's Spire

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
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Max Rausch
Monterey, California
Max Rausch   Monterey, California
Climbed it yesterday for the first time. It was more of just to say 'that we did it' and for a photo. Likely one of the grossest things I've ever done. The entire rock is covered in a rediculous amount of bird crap. Don't climb this if you aren't comfortable with getting dirty. Still can say that we had fun and got some good photos out of it. The top has 4 bolts, 2 with rap rings that were crusted to the rock by more bird crap.
Jan 16, 2015
Peter Borden
nyc, ny
Peter Borden   nyc, ny
A couple notes:

  • Avoid the spire from mid-May to mid-June as seabirds are nesting on top. Or, if you must do it, do a hanging belay off the 3 anchor bolts and don't pull over onto the summit.
  • Did this at a) high tide and b) in heavy surf, which necessitated a full swim out to the base of the spire. Not impossible like this, but probably quite dangerous. Had to belay from the beach. Water was over my head (I'm 6'4").
  • Water is cold.
May 29, 2012
Oak Park, CA
Sean   Oak Park, CA
the 2 bolts and the rap anchor looked and felt solid, as of 7/22/2011. didn't clip them to see. waded out in a pair of old expendable rock shoes and freesolo'd. no longer a log/register on top as someone else said before. very fun Jul 25, 2011
The spire is very close to mile marker 7, and the path down to it is next to a large easily visible turnout. Right now bolt two is hard to see through the bird poop (is coated completely white), but bolt one is visible. All bolts and the rap anchors are still good. Fun climbing! I agree that this can be done at a moderately low tide, assuming you don't mind wading through chest deep water. If you have dive booties, you might want to climb in those to save your shoes. BONUS: they keep your feet warm ;). When my friend Andre and I climbed it this weekend, (5/31/10), there was a birds nest on top of the spire (seagulls I think) and the log was gone. Just FYI. Jun 2, 2010
Andrew Carson
Wilson, WY
Andrew Carson   Wilson, WY
That is so funny -- crabs as 'objective hazard'! Are these Sally Lightfoots? Aug 26, 2009
It is 9 miles past Ragged Point.
The rock is solid and featured.
A classic! May 24, 2006

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