Elevation: 7,000 ft
GPS: 37.388, -118.674 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: old5ten on Mar 31, 2009
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

Description

"Palisade School of Mountaineering Slab" - PSOM

This is a prominent, large slab of white granite broken by countless cracks, seams, and ledges, with both blank and featured faces to test your friction skills. There are currently over thirty routes at PSOM.

The angle of the PSOM slab is pretty mellow for the most part, but vertical and overhanging sections are encountered on some of the routes. Friction climbing is the name of the game, although there are cracks on some of the popular routes.

Easy access and a wide range of grades make this a favorite spot for slab climbers of all abilities. The routes range from short, easily topropable climbs to 700+ foot multipitch half-day adventures.

Most routes require a single 70m rope, some routes require two ropes for rappel. Most anchors are bolted with mussy hooks or rings. See specific route descriptions for detailed route information.

It is easy to get lost/off-route at PSOM. Some lines intersect or overlap, others aren't well described, and every once in a while there are multiple options to do a particular pitch. Use beta photos/topos for a better overview and distinct landmarks.

PSOM is mostly friction climbing on granite, but it is quite different from trade routes in Tuolumne or even Joshua Tree. Even with extensive cleaning there are little friable edges and flakes. It is best to avoid those when possible.

The best times to climb here are Fall and Spring. Winter can be excellent on a warm day in a drought year. Summer is usually hot, but climbing is quite viable in early mornings and in the shade of late afternoons and evenings.

Have fun climbing at PSOM, it's a magical place!

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Classic Climbing Routes at PSOM Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 119
Racing Lizards
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 40
Digi
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
Lizard Gizzards
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 84
The High Life
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 46
Go Left Old Man
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 148
The Big Deal
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
The Raw Deal
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 70
PBR Street Gang
Trad 6 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 22
Pretty New Anchor
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 49
Slip and Slide
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 15
Rattlesnake Errands
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Silver Streak
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 131
John Fischer Memorial Route
Trad, Sport 7 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 4
Slab-O-Rama
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 5
Too Many Rules
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Racing Lizards
 119
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Digi
 40
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Lizard Gizzards
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The High Life
 84
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Go Left Old Man
 46
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
The Big Deal
 148
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
The Raw Deal
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
PBR Street Gang
 70
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Pretty New Anchor
 22
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Slip and Slide
 49
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Rattlesnake Errands
 15
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Silver Streak
 7
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
John Fischer Memorial Route
 131
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport 7 pitches
Slab-O-Rama
 4
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Sport
Too Many Rules
 5
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
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