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A Question of Balance S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Banana Peel T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Boomstick Crack T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Bottom Line, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Calculus Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Calculus Direct T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crack Slabbeth T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Crossing, The S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Dances with Pigs S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Dancing in the Light T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Dessert Dike T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Diamondback T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Diedre T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dream Symphony T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Edge of Anxiety T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Form S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Granville Street T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Great Arch, The S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Karen's Math T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Long Time No See T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Memorial Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
One Scoop with Delicious Dimples T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Over The Rainbow T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Pineapple Peel T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rambles T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Rock On T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rock On Direct (aka Hard On) T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sickle T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Slab Alley T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Snake T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
South Arete T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sparrow T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
St. Vitus' Dance T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Start From Scratch T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Teetering on the Brink of Madness S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Unfinished Symphony T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Vector T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Voodoo Amour T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Whirlwind T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
White Lightning T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Type: Sport, 700 ft, 10 pitches
FA: Numerous, FFA Marc Bourdon, Jay Audenart, 2001
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Shared By: Drewsky on Aug 5, 2015
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Description

This route is a stellar way to climb a ton of hard friction slab without frazzling your nerves with mind-frying runouts. It's not always a sport climb and there are certainly places where a fall would be undesirable, but it's better protected than many of the other Apron slabs: no three-bolt .10c pitches here. Most of the pitches are 5.11 and your feet and toes will remember the continuous nature of the climbing for at least a few days afterwards. The .12d is completely optional as it's a short, steep boulder problem you can easily pull through.

P1 (.11b): Right off the bat, 'warm up' on a very thin slab out of the forest above a downed tree. You can start from under/behind the tree but the slab is pretty dirty until the 3rd bolt or so. I started from a ledge a little higher.

P2 (.10b): Much easier and shorter slab. Belay amongst the trees on the ledge.

P3 (.10d): Climb the well-protected slab directly above. 50m long, this pitch feels harder than some of the later .11a pitches. Very sustained. Ends just below Snake.

P4 (.11a): Cross Snake and angle right. Slightly thinner at one point but much shorter than the previous pitch.

P5 (.11d): The business. Move right, then up until you encounter a steepening, thin section. Turn on the magic footwork switch, weld your feet to some miniscule features and hope for the best. Doesn't ease up much until you're clipping the anchor.

P6 (.11a): The guide says .11b; feels more like .10c-.11a at most, maybe because it's much, much easier than the previous pitch.

P7 (.11a): Feet hurting yet? Another thin, low-angle slab leads up to a belay below a steeper section of slab.

P8 (.11b or c?): The guide bills this as another non-descript .11a but I found it to be a major 'sting in the tail'. Extreme Mythos-related foot pain coupled with a short but bleak bulge of 5.11 glacier glass in the middle of the pitch was enough to thwart an otherwise clean ascent of the lower slabs. Perhaps this is instead the '.11b with a bulge' described as P6?

P9 (.12d or .9 A0): Glassy and beautiful glacier polish leads to the short, steep headwall. I didn't do the mantel boulder problem but the holds are all there and it looks about V6 or so. Bolts are right in your face, so go for it! Dirt on the slab above made the relatively easy climbing a bit scarier.

P10 (.10a): I think I may have combined this with P9 but I can't recall. In any case, the climbing remains easier but becomes more and more dirty. If I'd had a brush, 10 minutes would have been enough to create an improved path through the thickening murk.

Location

Approach as for Diedre but before the trail goes up to the slippery V-groove, head left on another fork. Almost right away, you'll see the big downed tree against the wall. Start right off the ground behind/on top of the tree and fight through moss for two or three bolts, or scramble up a little on the left and step onto the slab there. Rapping the route is an option but P3 is 50m and trailing a second rope would make the climbing less enjoyable. If completing the route, walk off Broadway Ledge as for other Apron routes.

Protection

Bolts. The guidebook says P3 has 11 so you could get away with, say, 12 quickdraws including some slings for meandering around. The runouts are pretty tame although a few pitches have bits of necky climbing here and there, especially right off the belays. I brought some small cams but didn't use a single one save for a green Camalot as a belay piece since I started P1 a little ways off the ground to miss the grunge. All belays are bolted. Supportive footwear recommended.

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