Type: Trad, 60 ft
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A devious climb with a tough start, Slip Stream is a true sandbag for its 5.6 rating in the DCA. Excellent protection makes up for committing moves in some sections, especially down low. This is NOT a good choice for a beginning leader.

Start at a crack in a right-facing corner. Move up and left to a left-facing corner, then continue up to mantel onto a slopy ledge. Continue up the face, passing the Bubble Bath anchors on your right, to finish at anchors at the top of the cliff.


Starts 10' left of Bubble Bath.


Small to medium gear -- nuts, cams, hexes. Bolted anchors


Jethro Bodine-Clampett
Hixson, Tn
Jethro Bodine-Clampett   Hixson, Tn
I've seen 5.10 leaders freak on the first 30 ft. of this climb. Best to move along if you're really looking for a 6. Dec 26, 2006
Joey Wolfe
Joey Wolfe  
This climb is stiffer than the guide book , but the crux of the climb is right off the ground. spot the leader and then it is a cruise to the top. Aug 18, 2007
Even though it a slight sandbag, don't miss it. The gear is great all the way and if you go to the left most anchors by climbing almost straight up the steeper face, the belay spot is really nice place to enjoy. The face section has big positive holds. Sep 24, 2007
Justin Dansby
Justin Dansby   NC
Instead of stopping and using the Bubble Bath anchors, continue up the easy face and to the anchors at the very top. You can also get to these anchors from the top of Jams and Shams and setup TR. Mar 31, 2008
Although the start might be a bit of a challenge, 5.6 would be fairly consistent with other Chattanooga crag ratings (T-Wall comes to mind...).

Very well protected, great climb for the beginner leader to practice some rope drag management as well.

Take it all the way to the top as well, fantastic view! Dec 3, 2010
Geissler Golding  
In a way I'm kind of glad I didn't read all the comments before I climbed this as it may have made me think there was some hidden difficulty I couldn't see... True the first 2 or 3 moves are non-trivial but with a little patience you can slot a good piece for protection and move through. In the end, I'd suggest you look at the start for yourself and call it at that time.

I found the route quite enjoyable and the spice at the bottom certainly helps the overall flavor! Only thing I regret is not having taken my small and medium hexes... Oct 8, 2012
Cres Simpson
Cambridge, MA
Cres Simpson   Cambridge, MA
The bottom part of this climb is pump-y to protect which was very surprising for a 5.6 -- that said, I don't think the moves actually go at any harder than 5.7 if you're not pumping out trying to place gear.

Still agree with above -- not a good choice for a novice leader. Nov 4, 2013
Tim Bryant
Portland, OR
Tim Bryant   Portland, OR
First trad lead! Do it. May 9, 2014