Avg: 3.3 from 97 votes
|FA:||Larry Marquardt & Chris Revely, 1973, retrobolted by Mark Tarrant and Dan Hare, 1988|
|Page Views:||5,277 total · 23/month|
|Shared By:||Richard M. Wright on May 1, 2001|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
The closure includes the following climbing routes: The Naked Edge (last 3 pitches only), The Diving Board, Centaur, Redguard (last 3 pitches only), Red Ant, Semi-Wild, Anthill Direct (last 3 pitches only), and The Sidetrack.
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Just what I was looking for: another Mark Tarrant route. But what a first ascent team!! Who has not done at least 500 of Dan Hare's routes? And here we find Mark and Dan together on nothing more significant than a nifty approach to Super Slab. Not a waste of great talent however. This fine pitch is often done as a quick after-work one pitch route on superb stone or the absolutely best approach to Super Slab. You can approach Super Slab either via the ramp that takes you to the top of Suparete and the rap tree, both at the crows nest below Super Slab, or by humping around the to the West side of Redgarden. About half way up is a large tree directly below Super Slab. From here you can approach Super Slab via its (lousy) direct start or by scrambling up right to the start of Suparete.
The arete is on perfect, yellow, Eldo sandstone. The arete proper goes on four bolts at 5.11a. I found a nice spot for a couple of # 1 or 2 TCUs, after the last bolt, that took the tweak factor right back down into the black zone. Leave the TCUs behind and red line the final moves up to the tree.
Two stars for the striking, but not obvious arete, nice continuous climbing, fun moves, and a great warm-up for the rest of Super Slab. In retrospect, it's hard to imagine why the regular direct start was ever used (perhaps it was the bolts needed on the otherwise pro-less Suparete).