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The Alaskan Slab 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Dave Quinn
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Submitted By: M Sprague on Mar 31, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: The Alaskan Slab 12a - The photo doesn't do justic...


Yes, it's a slab, but what a good slab, and it has layback crack climbing, a pocketed section and a nice corner to finish. Even if you are not normally into slabs, I recommend you try this one. From the starting stone, head up the steep slab and angle left past a few bolts as it gradually gets steeper and more difficult. The well protected crux involves delicate balancy footwork and opposing handholds to get you up to a ramp with easier moves up a fading layback crack. This takes you up to a steep tricky pocketed section and the final fun corner. Classic!


From where the approach trail meets the cliff, head right a couple hundred feet, under a low wall and up the trail towards the White Owl Face. At the height of land just before reaching the face, head back left on the big vegetated ledge about 30 feet. The route starts up the slab about 20 left of the rounded arete of Lonesome Owl. Look for a nice flat stone at the base.


All bolt protected, with a two bolt anchor..well protected by whitehorse standards. If you don't feel up to the lead, you can easely stick clip up with a longish stick or bring some cams up while doing Loneseome Owl and traverse the horizontal crack that runs between the two anchors.

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By ward smith
Mar 31, 2011

Maybe closer to 12b, I flashed it on a toprope but it is thin.
By bayard russell jr
From: Madison, NH
Jun 17, 2011

What is the 5.10+ slab route right in this zone called? Maybe to the right of the the AK slab?? It goes right off the the middle of the ledge.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jun 17, 2011

If it is not Lonesome Owl, which roughly goes up the slabby arete to finish up low angle face climbing, it must be something new. I had been working on a line between the two last year on TR, but never bolted it, as I was seeing if I could punch through the overlap (hard 12 or maybe harder)and wasn't sure how I wanted the bolts. I was thinking that anchors at the overlap would be nice and about that grade. Maybe somebody got to it first. If it is something new, I am guessing Glenn Cilley might know about it.

Last I was there, going left from the corner, there were only two fully bolted routes on the slab, Lonesome Owl, then The Alaskan Sab.

Update 2016 - I did end up bolting the line between the Alaskan Slab and Lonesome Owl. It seemed about 11a to me. No name yet
By David Powers
Jul 2, 2011

This route was the sole reason i went to Owl's and i was not disappointed. Fantastic pitch! I was able to onsite it and did use a stick clip for the first bolt. I dont think there is a move on it harder than .11c but it is damn sustained and every move as hard as the last for most of the first half of the route. I think the grade should stay .12a because it makes me feel good about my climbing abilities.

"What is the 5.10+ slab route right in this zone called? Maybe to the right of the the AK slab?? It goes right off the the middle of the ledge."

I did not notice another route between Alaskan Slab and Lonesome Owl.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 3, 2011

Nice job, Dave! Slabmaster! I wish I had been able to go out with you to give you the tour. Let me know next time you think you will be heading out that way. Did you try any of the others, and how was it finding your way in? I expect a full trip report on NEClimbs if you are up for it.

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