I've only climbed at Index on two other occasions before Wednesday, so PG and I got a late morning start and headed on over to Index, which is on my list of Towns-I'd-Love-To-Live-In-If-I-Could-Only-Find-A-Job-In-Town.
The Great Northern Slab is one of those climbs. Its not particularly hard, the approach is a five-minute flip-flop walk from the car, and you're likely to be sharing it with other parties. But the climbing is fun, especially either variation of the second pitch.
|Pitch 2 features these two parallel - but seperate cracks. |
The left-hand variation is fingers, the right-hand is hands/feet.
Both are stellar, and put the first word in the Great Northern Slab.
|Taking off on Pitch 3 - demonstrating how the third word in the Great Northern Slab was determined.|
Photos: Taken by PG and used with encouragement.