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Apron S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Braille S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dare T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Dark Apron TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
East Wind S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Heatwave TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Icon S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Night Music S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Steppes , The T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
West Wind T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Description

The Windy Slab is a small roadside crag about 6 miles East of Stevenson, Wa. It has a handful of balancy, low to moderately technical climbs ranging from 5.3 to 5.10d. It's located on a convenient plateau that is the remainder of the old Evergreen Highway, which makes for a great belay area. The climbs are short (45'), but make for nice views of the Columbia River Gorge looking into Oregon.

The slab is best visited in late spring to early fall. The wind is constantly blowing out of The Gorge can be great in the summer, but is quite chilling in the winter months.

Getting There

From Vancouver drive East on HW14. Pass through Stevenson heading East, Windy Slab is about 6.5 miles ahead on the North side of the road slightly past MP 54 1/4. You will see Windy Mountain looming as you drive out of Stevenson.

There is a large gravel pullout on the North side of HW14. The crag will be slightly visible above the large roadside hill. It's easiest to climb up the rock fall fence on the stepped 'trail' on the West side of the pull out area. Descend by rappelling off the large tree at the East end of the upper plateau down the scree. A 60M rope will make the rap.

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Icon
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Braille
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
East Wind
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Icon 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Braille 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
East Wind 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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Loren VanWagner
Carson, Wa.
Loren VanWagner   Carson, Wa.
Anchor chains and quick links have been replaced on Night Music 5.6.

Anchor chain permanently setup around the pine tree just right of the slab to be used as a rappel anchor to get down.

Cleaned up the Night Music and Icon routes.

Starting to see alot more traffic at this site so please enjoy and use responsibly.


Happy sending!

Loren May 25, 2017
Loren VanWagner
Carson, Wa.
Loren VanWagner   Carson, Wa.
thanks for the tip jmchale. I am planning on replacing the quick links on the anchor chains next time we go up there and tightening the nuts on one of the bolts on the 5.6 just left of icon. Sep 8, 2016
jmchale  
Pro tip: During the approach be sure and climb up the rock fence on the west side of the turn out on SR14. People try and climb up the scree slope, but this is difficult and dangerous as its very loose with large rocks (although the pine at the top provides a great anchor for the rap down). The fence has a great cable to hold onto as you climb up! Aug 21, 2016
Loren VanWagner
Carson, Wa.
Loren VanWagner   Carson, Wa.
Just climbed at the slab yesterday morning. Had a great time leading 'icon' and setting up a top rope for my wife. This is the closest climbing spot to were we live so we might be using it more often...

A couple suggestions:

First...the talus field approach is pretty sketchy getting up to the crag...use caution as everything is very loose and wants to slide away under your feet.

Second...wear a helmet the whole time, even during the approach! This area is quite chossy and loose. Be careful climbing as there are some loose rocks on some of the routes. The rock quality on the slab is great though...it's mostly the approach that's bad.

Third...it would be nice to have someone come out and meet me there sometime to inspect the bolts, they look solid but have been there for sometime. I may replace the quick link on the anchor chains on the top of icon just because it's getting a bit rusty. It would also be nice to have a fixed anchor down lower for rappelling down with...I may fix an anchor somewhere if we keep using this area regularly. Aug 15, 2016
Lan Dogan
Seattle, WA
Lan Dogan   Seattle, WA
I found this free ebook for the area. Same routes as in mountain project but could be a bit more beta in there.

portlandrockclimbs.com/eboo… Jul 30, 2014
Micah Klesick
Vancouver, WA
Micah Klesick   Vancouver, WA  
Thanks for adding Windy Slab! Jul 26, 2014

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