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Half Dome Slab Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: jim.dangle on Oct 14, 2013


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This is long, short slab located between Down Under and the Plateau Boulders in the Redrock/Mt. Hardy area of Gloucester. The northern end looks like Half Dome in Yosemite. The end of the slab was actually quarried. The missing chunk of dome is laying nearby.

It is modest, unassuming slab with one excellent boulder problem and a few other easy problems. The close to other areas it feels a little off the beaten track.

There a couple of small boulders nearby that have easy problems on them.

Getting There 

Head to Down Under, and head up the path through the cleft that divides the main wall (with No Pro) and the buttress with Doug's Roof. The first long slab you meet at the top is actually the Half Dome Slab. Follow the path past a tree that is growing horizontally along the ground until the slab ends.

Climbing Season

For the Cape Ann area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Vestigial Tail V4 6B  Massachusetts : Cape Ann : Half Dome Slab
This may not look like much at first, but it is actually an excellent face/slab problem. It uses the sharp, quarried arete to climb the fairly blank face to the top. Start on the left where the arete is horizontal on continue right and up. The start requires precise edging, while the end requires burly smearing. It's named after an odd feature in the rock. 4 Stars if you like this sort of face/slab climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in Massachusetts

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