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Super Slab 

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

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 450', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Karsten Duncan on Jan 25, 2006  with updates from Kyle Tarry

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BETA PHOTO: Super Slab 5.6

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One of the finest 5.6's you'll ever do. The climbing is fantastic and the position is amazing. The first and last pitches can be rope stretchers.

Pitch 1: 5.6 This climb begins up a left facing dihedral/ramp. Follow the crack occasionally using face holds to a ledge and bolted anchors.

Pitch 2: Take a tenuous traverse left. Be careful to protect for the second here. Take this short pitch to a ledge that is almost parallel to the last belay. Natural anchor takes .5 to 1 inch

Pitch 3: Use face features to pull a short steep section and then follow the crack/seam up into another left facing dihedral to the summit.

From the top walk back away from the face descending a small slab to a grassy bowl. Then climb up another steep slab for 30ft and then continue hiking west to get to hiking trail. Once at the trail follow it down to the right.


Nuts, Cams to 3 inches
Many long slings

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Rock Climbing Photo: Kathryn Shimmon
Kathryn Shimmon
Rock Climbing Photo: Raluca Negru styles the finishing moves on Super S...
Raluca Negru styles the finishing moves on Super S...
Rock Climbing Photo: P1 start of Super Slab
BETA PHOTO: P1 start of Super Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: 3rd pitch of Super Slab
BETA PHOTO: 3rd pitch of Super Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the final pitch from our October Smit...
Looking down the final pitch from our October Smit...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark preparing to rappel from the upper Super Slab...
BETA PHOTO: Mark preparing to rappel from the upper Super Slab...
Rock Climbing Photo: Preparing to rap (off of Super Slab) - edit
Preparing to rap (off of Super Slab) - edit
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper rap anchor, note that only the lower link is...
Upper rap anchor, note that only the lower link is...
Rock Climbing Photo: The tenuous traverse (P2)
The tenuous traverse (P2)
Rock Climbing Photo: Nora on Super Slab - Pitch 1.  Tim Belaying
BETA PHOTO: Nora on Super Slab - Pitch 1. Tim Belaying

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By Mattyg
From: Bend, OR
Jul 31, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

A great rap station has been set up just to the North from the top of the route. Take TWO ropes, as you will need them to rap to the top of the first pitch, then another rap gets you to the ground.
By Drew Peterson
Oct 31, 2007

Grade III? The route is very straightforward and I would guess that the only reason the commitment would be III is if there are 16 people waiting at the belay ledge. Really fun route for a mellow few hours. The second pitch takes nuts very well.
By Stephen Davis
May 19, 2008
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Very Fun alternative/climbing warm up to the misery ridge trail up and over, you pass right by this so why not do this instead of the crappy slippery hike?
By Plaidman
From: Portland, Oregon
May 17, 2009

Be careful of the hollow flakes on the first pitch. It reminded me of climbing in Garden of The Gods in Colorado. Pull down not out and they may hold.
By DWech
From: Fort Collins
Jun 1, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

If you don't have two ropes, head for the belay station as described, but turn left, descend onto a shelf that angles down into a gully. At the head of this gully is a concave slab with dark water-streaks. Friction-climb that (unprotected 5.5) to an exit at the top of the gully, then follow your nose (up) until you intersect the Misery Ridge Trail. Hike down. Even with the longer walk-off, it's still not Grade III.
By bevans
Nov 9, 2010

Despite the route description above, the first and last pitches are not rope stretchers.
By Aaron Hartig
Nov 10, 2010

Hey Bevans, Were you the one that got suck up there last weekend? If so what happened??
By bevans
Nov 29, 2010

lol hartiga. nope.
By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
May 1, 2012
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

The "walk-off" is sh!t. Exponentially more so if you've got anything on your back. Don't do it. The top 50 feet of this route make up for the trudge that is the first pitch, and the precarious semi-protectable traverse.
By Phill T
May 18, 2012

no need to take two ropes, a single 70 will get you down fine. Walk around the big block at the summit climbers right, use those rap anchors and go to the chains 30 feet down and 20 feet to climbers right. This will put you at the top of P1 where a 70 gets you down fine. Fun route, but not quite a 4 star classic the book suggests. You can easily link p2 and 3 with a 70.
By Floyd Hayes
Jul 18, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I thought the first few moves of pitch 3, which can be protected with a monster #5 BD cam, were the crux (stiff for 5.6). If walking off, the class 4 downclimb and 5.7 exit gully are neither trivial nor unexposed--a tumble from either would really hurt! The short but fun "unprotected" crux in the exit gully CAN be protected with gear (there is a small lieback crack) and a two-bolt anchor at the top can be used to belay your partner(s), which I discovered after free-soloing it. The scenic Misery Ridge Trail was easy to find and descend--just keep heading uphill to the right and you can't miss it.
By Zak Krenzer
From: Auburn, WA
May 6, 2013

The "Top Out" was pretty tricky, climbing out of the gully is certainly an actual rock climb. It seemed more sketchy getting down into the gully than climbing out of it. Approach shoes and an solid spotter at a minimum, skip the flip flops.. - short rope it and belay your partner up if you feel like being extra safe. There are a couple of places for gear and bolts at the top.
By Muscrat
Dec 14, 2014

Fun line to climb by the light of the moon. Make it exciting..use only nuts.
By Nick Sweeney
From: Spokane, WA
Apr 4, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

These pitches are not rope stretchers. Learn from my mistake and do not try to rap with a 70m... You will not make it down without building an intermediate anchor to belay a down climb off of!
By Max Tepfer
From: Bend, OR
Apr 8, 2015

This route is easily descended with a 70 (or 60 if I remember correctly) as described by PhillT above. If you're building anchors, then you're doing something wrong. (either you rapped from the wrong anchors to begin with or you missed an intermediate station) Remember, you don't descend the actual line of ascent for the upper half of the descent.
By Fan Zhang
From: Washington, DC
Apr 27, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I second Floyd Hayes comment above from 7/18/12. We climbed this with a single 60m and found the walk off sketchy. We chose to rope up for the down climb into the gully, belaying off a large boulder, because from up top it was hard to see the final sequences of the descent into the gully. We also roped up for the slab climb out of the gully, which is easy if you're comfortable leading 5.7 slab. The bolted anchor atop the slab can be hard to see as it is set into a small recessed area (~ 3 ft tall, 1 ft deep) running along the perimeter just after topping out from the 5.7 slab.
By Nick Sweeney
From: Spokane, WA
Apr 27, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Max, you're right... I made a mistake. We reached the top of the climb and headed right to the correct anchor. I just noticed Phill T's comment to do a short rap followed by a long one to the P1 anchor. I tried to do one loooong rap to the P1 anchor from the top... almost made it, but not quite.
By Gee Rad
Jun 16, 2015

You can link 2 and 3, and rap in 3 raps with a 60. Just.
By morgoth70
From: Bountiful, UT
Jun 17, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

The first 2 pitches are so-so but the final Super Slab itself is one of the finest 5.6 pitches you will find anywhere! Skip the loooooong walk-off and just rap down. A 60 with a tag line will get you down in 2 raps.
By Robin S
From: OR
Mar 26, 2017

I believe PhillT's comment is just worded in a confusing way because I, too, was confused. If you walk 30 feet around the large formation, you can rap down 30 feet to an anchor. From there, you can rap to the top of P1, and from there to the bottom. It takes 3 raps, but they're nicer than the walk off. A 70M will not get you down in 2 raps (learned the hard way today after misunderstanding PhillT's comment).
By Nick Drake
From: Newcastle, WA
Apr 17, 2017

Fun route, P2 traverse would be pretty full value for climbers at the grade. Pitch 3 is fun and takes nuts all over the place, plugged in purple through red C3s too. Topping out P3 in the crack on the right adds some fun variety after all that slab. Takes a #4 below fixed sling, not sure above that as I didn't place any more gear.

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