"Far Left Slab" (a.k.a. "Chinos Slab") Rock Climbing
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DescriptionSeveral hundred yds left of the "Main Slab", and left of the "Left Slab", this slab has seen route development by the "Chinos" climbing group.
Getting ThereHere's how we got there; after that I'll speculate on what may be the best way to get there.
This slab is QUITE A BIT WEST (like 600 yds, 1/3 mile) of the more-frequently climbed "Main Slab" and you do not want to get into the wrong drainage!
We parked at the pull out across from Willie's Slide, crossed the "river" right where we parked, and headed into the woods at a compass bearing of 65-deg magnetic. (Basically, "straight into the woods", your back to Rt 302) We went about 100-200 yds and did a 90-degree right turn and walked until we found the drainage. [We did this because we knew finding the drainage on the "flats" by the river is not easy.]
As soon as we got into the drainage there were cairns. We followed these up the drainage. At one point the way up the drainage is "blocked" by a very steep, mossy section of streambed [photo] and there are presently 2 cairns on one boulder [photo] at this point. [More on this later] There was also a bit of orange tape, but this (Oct'15) may now have decayed off the tree.
[Probably not the best way...] We circumvented the steep section on the right and then headed back left to the drainage. We continued up the drainage for a few hundred feet more until we got to another, even steeper place, but with an apparent open "viewpoint" up and to the left. We went up into the open area, checked by compass we were still headed correctly, and then moved up and left 2-300 hundred feet to get around a large brown slab, circumventing it on the left. We then went up and cut back to the right (for 20-25 min) and found ourselves at the base of the slab we wanted...right at the start of Webster's Highway & Webster's Way. AMAZING! Took about 1 1/2 hrs, of which at least 15-20 min. was lost time "wandering". Anyone repeating this route will find two strips of green flagging tape where we turned-off left from the drainage, and a few orange tapes near the top of the cut-back-to-the-right. Once you turn off from the drainage, expect VERY steep (but not very thick) bushwhacking.
[Probably the best way...] At the point of the two cairns on one boulder [photo], just below the steep, mossy streambed move right but don't cut back left into the drainage. Follow cairns and a steep, faint path which sometimes moves back and forth (not that easy to follow) but which never re-enters the main drainage (although at one point it moves up and left into a secondary drainage, mves over a couple of boulders and then heads back up and right.) The cairns sort of end about the time you can see the bottom-most, green-slab-"toe" of the Left Slab. If headed for the Far Left Slab, do not go as high as the "toe"; but presumably [?!] , cut left through the woods towards the bottom of the Far Left Slab. You may actually still be a bit above Far Left's bottom.
Classic Climbing Routes at "Far Left Slab" (a.k.a. "Chinos Slab")
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