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Great Northern Slab

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L to R R to L Alpha
Air Over Aries S 
Aries (aka The Lizard) T 
Blockbuster T 
Breakfast of Champions T 
Great Northern Slab T 
Let's Go Bowling T,S 
Libra Crack T 
Marginal Karma T 
Nick O' Time T 
On the Verge S 
Pisces T 
Pretty Vacant S 
Roger's Corner T 
Sickle Crack T 
Sonic Reducer S 
Strength Through Bowling T 
Sugar Bear T 
Taurus T 
Terminal Preppie T 
Voyage to the Bottom of the Verge T 

Great Northern Slab Rock Climbing 


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Location: 47.81842, -121.57221 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Great Northern Slab is where many climb their first time at Index. There are a lot of fun, moderate trad routes, mostly 2-3 pitches in length. When the sun is out, the routes are all in the sun.

If it is too hot, the relatively cool Inner & Side Walls, as well as Lookout Point, also have great moderate (5.9 and below) routes.

Getting There 

The trail from the parking lot leads straight to the Great Northern Slab (i.e. don't turn left or right, just go straight).

Climbing Season

For the Lower Town Wall area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',6],['5.11',6],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Great Northern Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Great Northern Slab:
Pisces   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Great Northern Slab   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   
Sickle Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Taurus   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Aries (aka The Lizard)   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 250'   
Roger's Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Blockbuster   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 20'   
Breakfast of Champions   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Libra Crack   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Strength Through Bowling   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sugar Bear   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Voyage to the Bottom of the Verge   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   
Marginal Karma   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Terminal Preppie   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Great Northern Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the second pitch of Aires.

Aries (aka The Lizard) 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Washington : Index : ... : Great Northern Slab
This is a high-quality climb up Index's Great Northern Slab area, with a wide variety of climbing styles, perfect protection, and gorgeous Index granite. Though it is commonly done in 5 pitches, all of the pitches are very short (some less than 30 feet). The original rating on this route was 5.8, but is now an Index 8+. In Leavenworth, this route would easily be rated 5.9+ or 5.10A.To approach, just cross the tracks, go slightly uphill, and trend diagonally right to the closest wall. Look ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

Photos of Great Northern Slab Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunny day at the Lower Wall
Sunny day at the Lower Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Below the Great Northern Slab, looking up at Libra...
Below the Great Northern Slab, looking up at Libra...
Rock Climbing Photo: Casey starts up the 5.8 entry to the GNS
Casey starts up the 5.8 entry to the GNS
Rock Climbing Photo: Blockbuster hasn't made its way into the archives ...
Blockbuster hasn't made its way into the archives ...

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By Sam Beane
Jan 3, 2017
Does anyone know what the finger crack to the right of the start of the great northern slab is rated/called?

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