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Cinnamon Slab 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Bob Bauman, 1960s
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Submitted By: ScottH on Nov 17, 2007

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A very popular easy route, Cinnamon Slab climbs the large right-facing corner separating the Dihedrals from lower angle and more broken rock to the east. While technically two pitches, most parties seem to finish on Cry Babies or Cinnamon Toast instead.

P1. From the base of Karate Crack, Cinnamon Slab takes the low-angle hand and fist crack to a comfortable bolted belay on a good ledge. The moves are good and thoughtful for the grade. 5.6

P2. A short section of face climbing leads to an easier, shallow dihedral and the upper anchor. 5.5


To descend, make two single rope raps down the route. A second anchor on top of P1 helps reduce congestion.


Gear to 3.5". I would recommend 2 large pieces unless you are fairly comfortable at the grade. The climb takes great gear the whole way from solid stances, with some decent moves between. This is a great climb for new leaders.

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Rock Climbing Photo: A third the way up the first pitch of Cinnamon Sla...
A third the way up the first pitch of Cinnamon Sla...
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading up the first pitch of Cinnamon Slab.
Leading up the first pitch of Cinnamon Slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: On belay 1st pitch
On belay 1st pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Cinnamon Slab multi-pitch photo
BETA PHOTO: Cinnamon Slab multi-pitch photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying Miranda up to the top anchors. 2nd pitch.
Belaying Miranda up to the top anchors. 2nd pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the 1st pitch
Starting the 1st pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down on the second pitch of Cinnamon Slab
BETA PHOTO: Looking down on the second pitch of Cinnamon Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: Janet, half way up Cinnamon Slab
Janet, half way up Cinnamon Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: P1, Cinnamon Slab
BETA PHOTO: P1, Cinnamon Slab

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By Forrest Koran
May 23, 2013

It's way greasy with all the traffic. I can't think offhand of anything better in the same difficulty range but man as a new leader those feet do not inspire confidence
By Dan Trisler
Aug 22, 2013

I'm a first time outdoor climber. Technically, climbing the Cinnamon Slab and then Cry Babies pitches was actually easy for me, but the side drop offs on both pitches were terrifying. (Side note, I'm afraid of heights but am loving climbing --- it's a messy mental mix...)
By EugeneGuy
Sep 29, 2013
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Fun. Do it! The second pitch is not as good as the first, but is worth doing for the rewarding views, and why not keep climbing since it's there?

A #4 camalot was nice to have near the top of the first pitch, and I'll bet a pink tricam (or some tricam around that size) would work in the horizontal crack before the last 15 feet.
By marmotsg
Mar 8, 2014
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Very fun! I didn't find it any more greasy than other popular moderates at Smith. I'll add to the comments about extra big gear. I brought up a #3 and #4 C4 but would've liked an extra of either size.
By AJ Dexter
From: Portland, OR
Apr 25, 2014

Pretty good route, and takes gear well. I agree on other comments about having an extra #3, #4.

The other thing worth noting at times there are nesting birds near the top of P1. Kinda surprising to have them pop out on you as you climb. So just a heads up.
By Zachary Winters
From: Mazama, Washington
Mar 20, 2016

It's easy to kick lots of small rocks down from the upper anchor. Be careful - there are always tons of people below you.
By Ben Stabley
From: Portland, OR
Oct 27, 2016
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Very fun climb, with tons of feet. 2 #4 cams can sew up the top, but one is probably sufficient when combined with a couple #3s. I didn't think it was greasy at all, but I was first on during a nice autumn day. Be very careful of the loose rocks at the top of P2.
By gblauer Blauer
From: Wayne, PA
Apr 17, 2017

Both pitches are fun. Save the bigger gear for the top of P1; you need a 3 and a 4. Although P2 looks like it eats big gear, there are plenty of other options.

very mellow, well protected climb, worth doing both pitches, worth running it in one long pitch.

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