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Great Northern Slab (5.6)

Index, WA

April 2009

After work one day Loren Miller, Ian Maple, and I climbed the Index classic route, Great Northern Slab under blue bird skies.

The crux came early as we scrambled up to the start of the first pitch. I had previously always approached from the right across the large ledge above the first pitch of Aires, but last summer when I climbed here with Day Frostenson, he showed me this more direct route.

Loren lead the first two pitches and did a great job with the 5.7 variation at the start of pitch 2. The second pitch, following the diagonal cracks is the best climbing on the route and we all enjoyed the exposure on this awesome granite face.

I took the last pitch and was quickly reminded how thin the last 20 feet is for pro. Once we were all up at the top anchors we were treated to great views of Mt Index, Mt Persis and the fresh green of new spring buds on the trees. One double rope rappel and one single rope rappel brought us down to the base

Thanks guys for a great afternoon of climbing!