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[TR] Slippery Slab Tower- NE Face 8/20/2006

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Climb: Slippery Slab Tower-NE Face

 

Date of Climb: 8/20/2006

 

Trip Report:

Hike up to Hope Lake day before (1.5 miles, about 1800 feet elevation gain)

Hope Lake to Trappers Pass 7:30-10:00 (3.8 miles, up hill)

Pass to Tower, ½ hour (1/2 mile scramble/climbers path)

East base is reached by scrambling up boulder field. You will se an obvious gully about 100' feet up to a great platform with trees for first belay station.

Rope Up, 11:00

One pitch, dihedral 5+, moved to spine (left) to finish, initial approach of 100’ scramble could be first pitch if needed to rope up. From shelf of trees, 1 pitch easy, no need to use second tree for second belay (only 10 more feet). Randy lead, I followed due to only one pitch and me in Mad Rock Fanatic approach shoes. (note: shoes good for approach, not with pack though) Climb 11:00-1:30 due to trying to protect dihedral. I recommend making it a day trip from Surprise Lake trail--probably car to car in 9 hours!!

Base camp at 3:45

 

 

Gear Notes:

Protection: .75 cam to 2 cam. Pinky tri-cam on dihedral. 1 gray hex, #4 stopper. Rack needed—small to medium nuts/hexes and smaller size cams.

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I've climb SST solo car to car in under 5.5 hours--quite doable.

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