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Owl Slab

Owl Slab Rock Climbing 


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BETA PHOTO: Owl Slab

Description 

This little slab currently hosts 4 sport routes and multiple TR variations. Short, but fun routes, and great for beginners. Routes range from 5.1 (!) to 5.8/9. If you don't lead, you can scramble up from the left and set up TR on the anchors. Be careful if doing this, as they are mostly just over the edge.
Beta Photo is posted here with sport routes and TR routes added. A couple new sport routes may go in this summer/fall to make the most out of this little crag.

Getting There 

Drive up the road to Mary's Peak, and about halfway up, there will be a tiny slab on the left side of the road. Has four anchors on it, all with Rap Rings. Parking is just above the wall, on a gravel road on the left.

Climbing Season

For the Willamette Valley area.

Weather station 6.0 miles from here


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Connor crushing the 5.8 in the middle of Owl Slab.
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Mary's Peak local cruising along. No need for ...
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By Cruxic
From: Corvallis, OR
Jun 26, 2011
Just visited the slab for the first time today. It's about 2.6 miles after you turn off highway 34. I Didn't get to climb but it seems like a good place to practice friction footwork. I'll be back with a belayer soon!
By gregthedude
From: cvo
Dec 13, 2011
Just got out here today, put pictures up. Two routes are bolted on the road cut and ready to be lead by anyone. It was cold but it was dry! Could use a good cleaning. Still fun for the short drive, and the sunshine we had today! I recomend going and wouldn't mind hitting it up again. Keep the routes coming. Hoping to establish more out there!
By Skinlessfoot
Aug 23, 2012
Went out on 8/19, there are four bolted routes with rings at the top (they are on the face but may be reachable for setting up top rope from above). The rock was actually fairly solid - at least nothing big was coming off. Pretty easy routes as mentioned - maybe a good place to teach how to lead or clean. We didn't see the boulders anywhere close, I'm not really sure where those are. Be prepared for traffic because you are belaying from just a few feet off the road (wasn't an issue though). Definitely want to find some other climbing areas around Corvallis (Alsea Wall?) - if anyone is insterested in exploring PM me.
By baetha
Mar 30, 2015
My son and I just visited the slab at Mary's Peak this weekend and had a blast. We were lead climbing which is a little sketchy on this positive incline. If you fall, you are not just free-falling, but rather sliding down the rock until your belayer catches you. We climbed all of the routes on Saturday and then returned on Sunday to climb them again. There are currently 3 sets of rings for anchoring atop. I believe there are around 16 bolts in the rock. All of the bolts and rings look to be in very good shape. We clipped into every bolt and ring and never questioned the conditions or quality. You definitely want to climb this are when it is dry, no dew or previous nights rain. It is shaded pretty much all day and does not dry out very quickly. Small rocks/pebbles chipping away is common. You have to be very careful with your placement and make sure the rock is solid before you trust a hold or a foot. It is not what you might consider your standard type of vertical climb, but we had a blast and will definitely climb here again. If nothing else, we were outdoors and on the rock.
By Connor D.
Jul 28, 2016
Just went July 27th and there was a couple from Fresno bolting two new routes on the left side of the slab they had scouted out from last summer's visit. They were stopping here to visit family in Corvallis on their way to bolt routes in Squamish and had scouted the slab on their last trip here.

The wife bolted the 5.8/5.9 TR listed on the topo now and the husband bolted a route to the left of that. I'm planning to go out again soon and get some updated photos/descriptions for more detailed topo. But in the meantime, get out and try the new routes!