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Silver Cascade Slab aka Hesitation Slab
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Black Science S 
Chronic Bedwetter S 
Hesitation S 
Intensive Care T,S 
Johnson Route S 
Ladder Route T,S,TR 
Reality Check S 
Robertson Wall S 
Silver Left T 
Tunnel Vision T,S,TR 

Ladder Route 

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

Type:  Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b R [details]
FA: Stewart & Nancy Green, 1993
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jun 2, 2005

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Brian Rowe leading the Ladder Route.

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This is the 3rd line from the left (2nd bolted line?) on the Silver Cascade Slab. However, it may appear to be the leftmost line unless you walk to the far, left end of the crag. Pleasant, runout, stickier than Reality Check.

Find this by parking at the Helen Hunt Falls, hike up the established trail (c. 0.5 mi) above the falls, past & above Silver Cascade, and before the bridge, head up & right through the trees to the slab. Find this line as the left line of 4 obvious bolted slab lines on the left side of the crag. The hangers appear blacker than its neighbors.

Scramble 4th class to an obvious ledge. Clip the bolt with a Trango hanger at a ledge, traverse left, clip the 1st bolt of Robertson Wall, continue left to the bolts with darker hangers. Go up on small, sort-of-positive holds past 3 bolts. Run it out on easier terrain to a flake. You can sneak in a mediocre #1 Camalot behind the flake and a marginal, small wire above. Continue up to a boulder & belay. Rock anchor of medium wire, blue Alien, & #3 Camalot or further up & left to a tree. 180 feet. Walkoff left.

7 pieces of pro in 180 feet pushed me to call it 's', despite the lack of such designation in B. D'Antonio's C. Sprgs. guide.


5 QDs, #1 Camalot and small wire, maybe more if you are creative.

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By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 3, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

Unless I'm really missing something, this felt as stiff as Robertson Wall, which although listed as 5.6 on this site, feels a respectable 5.7 to me (as it is in the Green guide). The headwall is quite thin and most holds are very polished, so you need to find those few features that will actually hold the feet.

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