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Areas in Webster Slabs

1. Lost and Found Slab 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
2. "Far Left Slab" (a.k.a. "Chinos Slab") 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
3. "Bore Tide Slab" / a.k.a "Left Slab" 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
4. Main Slab 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Elevation: 2,191 ft
GPS: 44.189, -71.394 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Robert Hall on Sep 23, 2015
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall, Jonathan Steitzer

Description

Webster Slabs are the series of large slabs on the right-hand side (going from Bartlett to Breton Woods) of Rt 302 just beyond the Willy House and before Willie Slide. I've numbered the AREAs 1 > 4 so they "sort" in L-to-R order.

As you look at the slabs from the Willy House (or better, from the Willie Slide parking turn out), I've called the slide on the right the "Main Slab" because it is probably the most frequented by a factor of about 5. About 600 yds to the left is the physically largest slide which I've called the Left Slab. A 30-40 ft deep, 50-60 ft wide, gash filled with trees and bushes divides this from a slab I chose to call the "Far Left" slab. This has two routes that probably should see more traffic. Although slightly lower grade, they compare favorably with the routes on the "Main Slab" that get a reasonable number of ascents each year.

Getting There

"Far Left Slab" and "Left Slab" pretty much have the same approach which is given in GETTING THERE for the "Far Left Slab".

"Main slab" has its own approach, given in the GETTING THERE for the "Main Slab".

Unless you run marathons with 25lb packs, figure it will probably take 45-60 min to reach the slab of your choosing.

While I'm sure it has been done, it's probably not advisable to try to go from Main Slab to Left Slab via a "high route".

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Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
No, No, good idea, wrong slabs! Ethan and Abel slabs are far "down" the notch, way south of these upper slabs. Ethan and Abel slabs have their own AREA listing in mountainproject, and Todd Swain has, I think, even commented/put in his old routes.

Ethan & Abel are down by the Webster Trail (the AT) 1/4 -1/2 mile south of Shoestring Gully.

I've yet to upload my photos of Ethan & Abel Slabs, but will do so soon. They are small slabs, about 1 full pitch high' much shorter than the "Webster Slabs" shown in the above photo.

Bob Hall Jun 12, 2016
Jeffrey.LeCours
New Hampshire
Jeffrey.LeCours   New Hampshire  
Are you suggesting the climbs listed here should have been listed under Ethan & Abel Slabs? Or that that both areas are mislabeled and THIS one should be Ethan & Abel slabs? Jun 11, 2016
Northeast Alpine Start
Conway, New Hampshire
Northeast Alpine Start   Conway, New Hampshire
I just recently read in Ed. Websters 2nd Ed. that these slabs were historically called the Ethan & Abel slabs. I'm not sure which was which since my 2nd Ed. is at the office but I would suggest we keep the history of this place alive and refer to them with their historic names. Jun 11, 2016

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