Monday, January 10, 2011

Northwest Branch- Uphill Slab

The Uphill Slab at Northwest Branch is located on the left side of the trail shortly after passing the Tulip boulder (map).  This area has four established problems, including one of the best warmups and one of the hardest lines at NWB.  Pads and a spotter are a good idea for the first three problems.

Uphill Slab (explanation of number symbols here)

1.  Thor's Prodigy (V7):  Start left of the jug and traverse up and right without using the lip until you reach the slot, then use the lip to finish.

2.  Right Hand of Thor (V4):  Starting on the jug, traverse up and right using the lip and top out when you hit the oblong jugs.

3.  Crimps (V9):  Starting on two small crimps, pull up and left to a slot, and finish up Right Hand of Thor.  The sit start supposedly goes at V11, but I wouldn't know!

4.  50 Foot Slab Slap (V0):  Start at the bottom of the slap and traverse up and right.  A great problem for developing footwork.

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