Type: Trad, 150 ft (45 m)
FA: Chris Falkenstein and Don Reid, March 1974
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Shared By: Rob Dillon on Jan 31, 2009 · Updates
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Please do not climb as of August 23, 2023. Per the Yosemite Climbing Rangers, "A new crack system appeared overnight and there is concern that a major rockfall could happen. The park Geologist will be assessing the scene and we will keep you updated on any further changes." See here for closure. 

Trial by Fire is the obvious trough-looking crack splitting the slab on the way up to the start of Super Slide. At nearly a full (old-school) ropelength, it provides a through introduction to the kind of grunty, meat-and-potatoes climbing that is so frequently encountered in the Valley. As such, it is worth seeking out on its own, although a nondescript second pitch links it into Super Slide. This would turn the latter from a casual romp into more of a half-day affair. Most people will expend more calories getting up the deceptively low-angle groove of Trial By Fire than on the alleged 5.9 business of Super Slide. Strong likelihood of seasonal wetness.


V-slot in slab uphill and to the left a couple hundred yards from the Royal Arches route chimney. Looks like 4th class, right?

Rap with two ropes, or continue. A 1-rope escape is possible from trees on the terraces below Super Slide (bring webbing).


Don't skimp on the bigger stuff. Bolted anchor.