loved the area and the rock
Today is my day! This is my first-ever experience for leading a sport climb. So I selected D1 and D2. Pretty high, but no technical issues.
Hiking with my buddy Andrew, he found D-slab, so we set-up my gear on the first climb.
"Andrew", I said, "this climb doesn't look high enough to be D1."
"That's OK," he replied, "they've been bolting more routes."
So up I went. Gee, it didn't feel like 5.4. Maybe I just have to climb up to the easy part. I did remember to pre-plan the moves up to the next bolt. And I remembered not to reach for the bolt from under, but climb up to get comfortable. Except there was no comfortable.
So I got to the anchor, set up the TR, and Andrew lowered me down.
"Phew, that was trickier than I thought", I said.
"Well yeah I guess I goofed," he admitted, "This isn't D1 (5.4)."
"Oh?" I said, looking back up. "Come to think of it, this thing has slabby footholds, and no positive handholds at all."
"Right, Dan, it's F1 (5.7)".
Lived here 5 years before we visited Wasootch Slab for the first time. Stacy and I found that this slab is much warmer than our local Canmore crags, Cougar, Grassi, Grotto, Heart, etc. It has always had a reputation as a crowded top roped area used by recreational climbers from Calgary. We had it virtually to ourselves mid-week in October on more than one occassion and found tons of lead routes. To avoid crowds if you are there on a weekend, head on down to this F Slab for 3- 5.10a 25 meter sport routes right next to each other. I imagine even on crowded weekends, most don't ever venture down to this slab. Cheers.