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BETA PHOTO: A popular toprope line.
The Super Slab is more of an area than a route. It is the large, smooth slab that you first encounter when hiking up the A.T. The Slab is about 80 feet wide and contains many toproping opportunities and a couple of leadable routes. It runs from Class 4 Scramble
on the right to Slab to Corner
on the left.
Popular toproping lines (not listed as separate routes):
- On the far right side of the slab. Start to the right of two medium-sized trees growing on a small ledge about 20 feet up. A horizontal crack runs about 15 feet off the deck. (5.5)
- About 20 ft. right of T.B.D. See this pic for the start. (5.7)
The Fasulo book grades the Super Slab as 5.5-5.10. Choose the line that appeals to you. You can make it as hard or easy as you like.
Use the ascent gully (described in Upper Ledges
) or Class 4 Scramble
to access the top. There are trees suitable for TR anchors. In some spots, gear anchors can also be built. Warnings:
1) The right side of Super Slab is well over 100 ft long so a 60m rope is too short for a toprope or rappel. You can TR with a 60m if you extend the anchor down about 30 ft. Knot your ends!
2) Recommend top rope only since there is very little pro up high. Definite groundfall potential.
Fun for all ages on T.B.D. The "Corner"...
BETA PHOTO: The right side of Super Slab. The pic makes it lo...
Topropers along the base of Super Slab.
BETA PHOTO: Towards the left side of Super Slab. The far left ...
From: Olympia, WA
Dec 11, 2012
Definitely a fun slab although I haven't led it. Pick your line up it and if I remember correctly going straight up the center-left is the most devoid of features and most difficult. The only really decent gear you could get is in a long horizontal crack about 15 feet off the deck.
Unlike the description says you can TR it with a 60m rope although you should extend your anchor as far as you can to make sure the rope reaches the ground. Belaying from up top is an option if you don't want to risk running out of rope. Either way, knot your ends for sure.
Nov 5, 2014
We used to towrope it and speed climb it. Tried to lead it one time but, after inserting a piece under a very hollow sounding slab, decided to down climb. We once spent a whole day doing different routes on this slab, but the hardest route we could find was maybe a 5.7 or 5.8. Was told the way up was north to the right. Went north a little bit and went up to the top. Another climber there at the time congratulated me on soloing a 5.3!!! Turns out the way up was a lot more farther to the north and maybe a class 3 or 4.