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Great Northern Slab

Great Northern Slab

Great Northern Slab

Page Type: Route

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: Great Northern Slab

Route Type: Trad Climbing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Less than two hours

Rock Difficulty: 5.7 (YDS)

Difficulty: II 5.7

Number of Pitches: 3

Grade: II

Route Quality: 
 - 6 Votes


Page By: Martin Cash

Created/Edited: Oct 18, 2006 / Oct 18, 2006

Object ID: 236276

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The Great Northern Slab is a nice introduction to Index climbing. The second pitch of this route features a really fun twin fingercrack on a slab.

Getting There

Walk the trail from the parking lot to the first piece of rock you see (about 1 minute).

Route Description

Pitch #1, Option #1 - 5.2 - Scramble up to the right side of the first cliff and climb a short chimney (unroped) to reach the ledge above. This chimney says "3rd class" in the guidebook but is actually low 5th. Scramble accross the ledge to your left to the end, then belay just before it becomes 5th class. Now rope up and climb the low angle crack system up toward the 2 big railroad bolts. Belay here. 80 feet

The second option is to start on the far left side of the GNS area and climb a crack system directly up to the railraod bolts avoiding the chimney.

Pitch #2 - 5.7 - Move up the crack just left of the railroad bolts then pull over the bulge. Traverse to your right then jamb the nice twin fingercracks up to the bolted anchor above. 70 feet

Pitch #3 - 5.6 - Scramble up to the tree then traverse to your right to gain the thin fingercrack on the slab. Climb this to the anchor at the tree. 90 feet

Down - Rap the route with 3 single rope rappels

Essential Gear

1 set of cams to a #2 camalot
1 set of nuts
60 meter rope

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Nice fingercrack