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Routes in SnowBird Slab/Cornerstone

Born to be Mild S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Gumby Drop S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Mr. Bill T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Nice Hole TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Poor Life Choices T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Possum Kingdom T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Santa Cruz S,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Second Sally T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Snowflake T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Thin As Ice S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Tinsel Moose T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Unknown T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Trad, 150 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: coldclimb on Jun 23, 2010
Admins: Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer

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Description

Either belay from the ground, or (my preference) scramble up to a slopey ledge at the base of the real climbing. Follow the obvious winding flake up the length of the slab. Top out on dirty chickenheads to a mossy ledge and head left to find the bolted anchor for Thin As Ice. Rappel the route with two ropes, rap twice using an intermediate anchor on Thin As Ice with one rope, or walk off.

Location

Find the Snowbird Slab and you've found the route.

Protection

Pro to 1-inch. Bring lots of small cams.
Two-bolt anchor.

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Mat Brunton
  5.8+
Mat Brunton  
  5.8+
Super fun and high quality route. Although relative to other Hatcher climbs I would probably rate it 5.8+, especially as it has one section in the lower 1/3 that seems perpetually moist and slick. If this section were dry it would definitely be significantly easier, but avoiding this section to keep your rubber dry makes it harder. While the upper section may get wet, it seems to dry quickly. As the anchors are relatively easy to hike to, it would probably be beneficial to shovel away some of the tundra above this climb; this seems to be what is channeling water and grunge down the flake. As for the upper runout, if you can make it up the Snowflake this part is easy. The lower section is a fun, easy solo to the 2 bolt belay anchor. Aug 9, 2015
coldclimb
Wasilla, AK
 
coldclimb   Wasilla, AK
 
I agree that it does seem to be getting dirtier with time. A fix to that might be to assess where the dirt is coming from up top, and take some steps to control the erosion! This is still a great route if it's clean, and it's worth taking steps to keep it from growing over. Jul 15, 2014
L. Von Dommelheimer
Anchorage
 
L. Von Dommelheimer   Anchorage  
 
This route seems to wetter and dirtier every time I head out here. It might be about to loose some stars in my book, especially when compared to the other quality routes at this area. Jul 13, 2014
L. Von Dommelheimer
Anchorage
 
L. Von Dommelheimer   Anchorage  
 
The bottom and the top of this are often a little...moist... Jun 30, 2014
Ty Morrison-Heath
Bozeman, MT
 
Ty Morrison-Heath   Bozeman, MT
 
Can be a little wet and cold. May 18, 2011
bergbryce
California
 
bergbryce   California
 
Excellent route that gobbles up gear. Until the end when you have to run it out a bit on moss and mud left to get to the anchors. Good fun. Jul 26, 2010