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The Slug 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mike McCormick
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Submitted By: Mike Reardon on Sep 22, 2014

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A bit of a one move wonder but worth doing if you are climbing B-52. Crux is right after the 20' crack, manteling on slopers just right of the tree island.


Begins right of the B-52 P1 slab at a 20'crack, climbing right of a tree island.


Standard NC Rack. Rap from tree far left at 70 ft. if you are not continuing on B-52

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By TJ Souther
From: Brevard, NC
Oct 30, 2014

Does this start on the crack on the face of the buttress or the big chimney crack on the right side that Fly By follows? The old Kelley guide says to start this route on Fly By and look for an exit to the left but that topo in the book looks sort of unclear
By Mike Reardon
Nov 1, 2014

I started on the left lower angle crack on the face of the buttress, keeping that tree island about 5-10 feet to my left. I am sure you could start on the Fly By crack as well.
By TJ Souther
From: Brevard, NC
Nov 3, 2014

I also started there when I climbed it, but next time I'm up that way I may try it from the fly by crack, it looks like it might be more engaging that way
By M McCormick
Jan 16, 2015

Minor historical note: The Slug does not exist! Sometime in the early 80's, a friend and I tried to push a new line up the obvious features on the steeper right side of the B-52 buttress. After maybe 30' and sliming my hand on a slug in the crack, the climbing became too run out (for me, anyway), so I simply escaped left onto the lower angled B-52 face. Soon after, Whitney Heuermann remedied the short run out with a bolt, finished to the top with a second pitch, and named the climb Fly By.

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