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Routes in (02) The Slab Wall

Fall From Grace S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Slab City S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Snake Dance S 5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Turbo Trad T,S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
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Type: Sport, 40 ft
FA: Timy Fairfield
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Shared By: Monomaniac on May 16, 2007
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Access Issue: June 15, 2018 - Sandia Mountains closed due to Cibola National Forest Stage III fire restrictions Details

Description

This controversial route has two things going for it: its hard, and its not a bolted crack. Unfortunately, both of these "virtues" are a direct result of the route's major downside, the fact that it is nearly entirely manufactured.

However, if you can rationalize the tactics used to establish this route, you will be entertained by the movement, and challenged by the difficulty.

Begin up the easy choss-band, climbing into a steeply overhanging right-facing dihedral capped by a small roof. Reach your left hand up into a drilled "bowling ball" grip, and chuck for the big hold at the bottom of the crack feature. Ascend this feature with ease and shake as needed. A lowering ring at the end of this amounts to the end of the 12b 'variation' to this route. Above this point, things get hard.

Follow sequential two-finger pockets (the first is natural, the rest are chipped) to the highest, tweakiest pocket and the last clip before the V8 crux. Work up and left into the extremely steep dihedral, hike up your feet, and huck for the cheese grater sloper above. A few easier moves lead to the anchor.

Many of the pockets on this route seap after heavy rains.

Location

Furthest right (S) route on the Slab Wall. Identifiable as a steeply overhanging, right-facing dihedral.

Protection

Bolts, 2 BA

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