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Description

The main part of the Slab is as smooth as a tomstone, forcing you to use small cracks, holes and crimps. It's kinda like climbing from hold to hold in the gym because there is no friction on the wall in between. Unlike the Main Cliff, the Back Slab is clean and quiet, and only a few minutes extra added to walking time. This is more of a toproping area, but the anchors are not good. There are no trees and placing gear takes a bit of work.

Approach

Follow the trail along the top of the Main Cliff and then head straight downhill and up a rise. There isn't much of a trail, but there are orange ribbons marking the way at the time of writing.

Routes

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Located at the far left of the Slab. Start on the arete, pull over the mini roof and head straight up the centre of the well-featured face. This climb has more texture than the rest of the glassy slab. Fun but short.

FA: Alec Soucy, 24 Apr 2017

This route is supposed to follow a crack system, but I have peeling back the moss and haven't found any crack system on this wall. There is a line of weakness composed of small ledges and niches, so I presume this is where the line goes.

FA: J.P. Brown & Andrew Parsons

Start on bottom of sloping ledge left of Pod People and follow the bolts up.

FA: Alec Soucy, 21 Jul 2017

Start with a hand in each pod and mantle up. Climb the face directly to the right of the arête. At the ledge step out left to finish up

FA: Alec Soucy, 13 Jun 2017

Warning Fixed Gear: anchor tree dead

Starting at the triangular block, climb the slab at the far end of the overhang. Climb the dihedral at the overhang and straight up the headwall to the top. There is a good tree for an anchor right above it.

FA: J.P. Brown & Andrew Parsons

Start on The Good, but when you get to the roof go right under the tree and up the crack system.

FA: J.P. Brown & Andrew Parsons, 1994

Start beneath a bolt. Climb past some horizontal cracks and follow a vertical crack system up to a small roof. Climbing the roof brings you to a ledge with a short second wall above.

Double ring anchor on the ledge is shared with 'The Ugly'.

FA: J.P. Brown & Andrew Parsons, 1994

Maint: Alec Soucy, 13 Sep 2017

Follow the line under the shiny new bolt. When you get to the roof follow the line of weakness to the right.

Double ring anchor.

FA: J.P. Brown & Andrew Parsons, 1994

Maint: Alec Soucy, 13 Sep 2017

Follow the line of bolts up the slab and pull over the prominent roof.

FA: Tony Veling, 1990

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