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Slippin' into Darkness 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mickey Craig, Tom Howard, Jim Dailey - 1973
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Submitted By: Jacob Neathawk on Nov 3, 2006

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Jp finishing up the second corner of Slippin'

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Climb the obvious right-facing dihedral using locks, crimps and stemming. Mantle onto a ledge to find fixed rappel anchors.


Small cams and stoppers, cams up to 2".

Photos of Slippin' into Darkness Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper corner of slippin' at the crux.
Upper corner of slippin' at the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gary leading the top of Slippin'
Gary leading the top of Slippin'
Rock Climbing Photo: Gary bringing Josh up the top of the pitch.
Gary bringing Josh up the top of the pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Slippin' Into Darkness, 5.9
Slippin' Into Darkness, 5.9
Rock Climbing Photo: Gavin climbing
Gavin climbing

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By Chris Chaney
From: Stanton, Kentucky
Nov 6, 2006

I thought this was much easier and there is a second pitch that takes you to the big ledge. The actual crux (about 5.6) is right off the belay ledge.

All gear, except for the belays.
By Jacob Neathawk
From: Nederland, CO
Nov 8, 2006

I might be thinking of a different route....I think this one is also called Slipping Into Darkness? Or at least the one I tried to add to the database. It's only one pitch; are you familiar, Chris?
By Nick Stayner
From: Wymont Kingdom
Nov 15, 2006

Yes, there are three "Helmet Buttress" routes. I believe the standard is a 5.6 that starts in a right-facing corner on the left side of the helmet feature. "Helmet Variation" takes a runout 5.8 line more or less up the middle of the helmet, and "Slippin' Into Darkness" goes up the classic right-facing corner on the right side of the helmet. This one sounds like the one that's described in the description.
By Chris Chaney
From: Stanton, Kentucky
Dec 27, 2006

I did the 5.6 flake and continued to the big ledge. Didn't do any of the other variations.
By Coz Teplitz
From: Watertown, MA
Oct 25, 2008

I find Slippin' to be quite easy for the grade - I think it's more like 5.8. Still, good fun for a few moves.
By Harrison Dreves
From: Denver, Colorado
Oct 28, 2010

Leaving the belay ledge to start the second pitch can be rather intimidating. It's only rated 5.6, but protection is minimal and unseen. Look straight up and slightly left to spot a rusted piton. That's your first good protection.
By John Saunders
From: Cornelius, NC
Apr 26, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Was told that there were two variations and that I kept following the harder one. There's an easy escape to the face that is the soft 9 version, but was told that continuing to the very top of the crack to the crystal hold was more like 9+/10a
By Rick Carpenter
From: Kenai, AK
Jun 18, 2011
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Great route! Finished the last few moves in the rain. Pretty mellow for a table rock 5.9
By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Mar 13, 2012

Excellent crack climbing, as far as it goes here in NC! Quality climbing with superb gear! A must do at Table Rock!
By chris mcguigan
From: belmont, nc
Apr 14, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The upper part of this climb is killer and felt like great 5.9 moves to me. I saw no pitons not sure what people are talking about it being 5.6
By Jonathan Dull
From: Boone, NC
Mar 5, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I wasn't to keen on this route the first time I climbed it, mostly because it was wet. Racked up to give it another go and have to say this puppy is fun and totally worth the lead. The first wide section before the ledge is mellow and takes good pro, while the second thin section is engaging until the anchors. Very fun climb.

  • Does anybody think the anchors on the ledge could use replacing?
By Jed N
From: Raleigh, NC
Aug 6, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

First part of climb to ledge is fairly easy 5.6-7. From ledge, the corner to top of pitch has a move or two in the 5.9 range.
By Curtis Baird
May 12, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This is a great route! The crack eats gear, very safe climb. Wish it was longer then it would rival White Lightning.
By Russ Keane
May 28, 2017

Easiest 5.9 in the world. It's barely 5.8. Great climb, though.

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