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Appalachian Spring Slab
About Appalachian Spring Slab:
|A 55m long smooth slab featuring easier and moderate routes but long runouts. Situated just south across the mountainside from The Wall That Dreams Are Made Of, it's a wild, quiet spot on the mountain.|
|Approach:||Follow the Bushwhack Trail (see directions for the Reflector Oven crag) all the way downhill to the entrance of the Bushwhack Corridor at the base of God Crag. After passing a very large downed tree, turn right onto the trail headed for the Wall That Dreams Are Made Of but very soon split off (again) to the right, continuing gradually downhill with large boulders a few meters to your right. Now enter a talus/boulder field, and you'll see the slab ahead and to the right. Work downhill along its north edge to the base.
Descent From All Routes
The easiest descent is to make 2 single-rope rappels: first from a stout tree amidst the brush topping the right side of the slab, down to a smaller oak on a ledge near the right edge of the slab (left edge when looking down); then from this ledge to the ground right next to the base of "Clamber Corners". On this second rap, stay left (when looking down) of a couple of small trees so that you (& the rope when pulled) remains clear of an area of lichen directly below.
|Approach Time:||20 minutes from the Ridge Trail|
|Type of Climbing:||Trad|
|Sun Aspect:||Morning Sun|