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The Big Easy 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, Alpine, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: B Steele, 1992
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Submitted By: Ken Trout on Nov 1, 2015

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One of the best routes in the area. The chalk on the holds is hidden from view because the holds are so incut and that makes the route looks like a 5.10.


At the parking area by the mill, spot the first route. It is a short corner with only one bolt and an anchor (Old Men Can Crank). It is unrated in the guide but maybe 5.7 and only 5 meters long.

Stroll approximately 50 meters along the old highway, past about seventeen routes to where the cliff gets bigger and smoother. The Big Easy climbs the right side of this high angle slab. There is a 5.10 direct start variation. The 5.8 start is just left. The 5.8 crux is at the second bolt.

For the purpose of locating The Big Easy, there is a much harder and shorter route just right called Salamander, 511.

The next route left, called Pi, climbs the center of the face but is only 5.6 (FA unknown).

Left of Pi is another fantastic sport pitch called It's A Mirekle,5.8 (FA Hammish Mutch, M Curren, 2008)
Rock Climbing Photo: Marsha follows Pi, 2012
Marsha follows Pi, 2012

Big Easy, Pi, and It's A Mirekle are by far the most popular routes at Slocan Lake Bluffs. If you keep walking north, along the old abandoned highway, there are many more routes, some up on the tiers above too.


bolts only - about ten max.

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