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Apron S 
Braille S 
Dare T 
Dark Apron TR 
East Wind S 
Heatwave TR 
Icon S 
Night Music S 
Steppes , The T 
West Wind T 

Windy Slab Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 165'
Location: 45.70299, -121.75664 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: cconradd on Jul 24, 2014
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BETA PHOTO: 1 - The Steppes, 5.3 2 - Dare, 5.5 3 - Night Music...


The Windy Slab is a small roadside crag about 6 miles East of Stevenson, Wa. It has a handful of balancy, low to moderately technical climbs ranging from 5.3 to 5.10d. It's located on a convenient plateau that is the remainder of the old Evergreen Highway, which makes for a great belay area. The climbs are short (45'), but make for nice views of the Columbia River Gorge looking into Oregon.

The slab is best visited in late spring to early fall. The wind is constantly blowing out of The Gorge can be great in the summer, but is quite chilling in the winter months.

Getting There 

From Vancouver drive East on HW14. Pass through Stevenson heading East, Windy Slab is about 6.5 miles ahead on the North side of the road slightly past MP 54 1/4. You will see Windy Mountain looming as you drive out of Stevenson.

There is a large gravel pullout on the North side of HW14. The crag will be slightly visible above the large roadside hill. It's easiest to climb up the rock fall fence on the stepped 'trail' on the West side of the pull out area. Descend by rappelling off the large tree at the East end of the upper plateau down the scree. A 60M rope will make the rap.

Climbing Season

For the Southwest Cascades area.

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Windy Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Windy Slab:
Icon   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Braille   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
East Wind   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Featured Route For Windy Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the top of Icon.

Icon 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Washington : Southwest Cascades : Windy Slab
One of the best lines here. Start at small ledges near the bottom, making your way up on to the small roof via small but plentiful footholds. There are several variations at the roof, the hardest (and most fun) being reaching for the crimp on the rooftop and pulling over. Alternatively, you can move left (most common) or right around the roof.Move past the roof to easier climbing, up to the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

Photos of Windy Slab Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Working through the first move on 'Apron"...
Working through the first move on 'Apron"...
Rock Climbing Photo: Working out the last couple moves on 'Icon&quo...
Working out the last couple moves on 'Icon&quo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Harry at the anchor of 'Night Music' (5.6)...
Harry at the anchor of 'Night Music' (5.6)...
Rock Climbing Photo: Windy slab in all it's glory.  KT is at the shared...
Windy slab in all it's glory. KT is at the shared...

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By Micah Klesick
From: Vancouver, WA
Jul 26, 2014
Thanks for adding Windy Slab!
By Lan Dogan
From: Seattle, WA
Jul 30, 2014
I found this free ebook for the area. Same routes as in mountain project but could be a bit more beta in there.
By Loren VanWagner
From: Carson, Wa.
Aug 15, 2016
Just climbed at the slab yesterday morning. Had a great time leading 'icon' and setting up a top rope for my wife. This is the closest climbing spot to were we live so we might be using it more often...

A couple suggestions:

First...the talus field approach is pretty sketchy getting up to the crag...use caution as everything is very loose and wants to slide away under your feet.

Second...wear a helmet the whole time, even during the approach! This area is quite chossy and loose. Be careful climbing as there are some loose rocks on some of the routes. The rock quality on the slab is great's mostly the approach that's bad. would be nice to have someone come out and meet me there sometime to inspect the bolts, they look solid but have been there for sometime. I may replace the quick link on the anchor chains on the top of icon just because it's getting a bit rusty. It would also be nice to have a fixed anchor down lower for rappelling down with...I may fix an anchor somewhere if we keep using this area regularly.
By jmchale
Aug 21, 2016
Pro tip: During the approach be sure and climb up the rock fence on the west side of the turn out on SR14. People try and climb up the scree slope, but this is difficult and dangerous as its very loose with large rocks (although the pine at the top provides a great anchor for the rap down). The fence has a great cable to hold onto as you climb up!
By Loren VanWagner
From: Carson, Wa.
Sep 8, 2016
thanks for the tip jmchale. I am planning on replacing the quick links on the anchor chains next time we go up there and tightening the nuts on one of the bolts on the 5.6 just left of icon.
By Loren VanWagner
From: Carson, Wa.
May 25, 2017
Anchor chains and quick links have been replaced on Night Music 5.6.

Anchor chain permanently setup around the pine tree just right of the slab to be used as a rappel anchor to get down.

Cleaned up the Night Music and Icon routes.

Starting to see alot more traffic at this site so please enjoy and use responsibly.

Happy sending!


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