Type: Trad, 150 ft
FA: Chris Falkenstein and Don Reid, March 1974
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Shared By: Rob Dillon on Jan 31, 2009 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

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.

Location

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).

Protection

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

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