Rated as a four-star climb in the Watts book, Sunset Slab seemed to lack the charm of most of the four-star recommendations by Watts. It’s a climb worth doing but doesn't leave you smiling ear-to-ear like a lot of other top climbs in Smith around the same grade (ahem...Lusty Lady).
Start near the southern end of Cod Rock up a lower angle northwest facing slab. Use the crack to climb up left of the first bolt before eventually traversing right to the third bolt. From there work your way up the bolt line using crimps and pockets along the way. The rock is covered in lichen and can you leave you guessing as to which is the best path between bolts. While the rock quality is good outside the lichen, the sequence of moves wasn’t very memorable to be deemed a classic.
Smith Rock State Park, OR
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Given Black Diamond’s reputation for strong and durable hard goods, we decided to give their 9.9mm rope a try as our go to gym rope. The rope is priced right and works great out of the box but early signs of wear in the gym make it hard to give it the nod as a preferred gym rope.