Dumbo

Mar 13, 2021 | Lookout Slabs | 1 comment

5.7, 60m rope, 12 quickdraws

FA: Andrew Abel and Brian Olstad, March 2021

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Dumbo, 5.7 - Route
Lookout Slabs topo

Lookout Slabs

Offering better climbing and larger than it looks, Lookout Slabs is a suntrap with a short approach and has an easy walk-off back down to the windy point parking lot. There is potential here for many 2-3 pitch climbs. Yes it can be slabby, but the rich texture and interesting formations and runnels make up for it. It is well worth a visit, for nothing else than the opportunity to 2 or three routes in one day.

Approach:

Park as for Windy Point Parking lot. Head West from the parking lot heading along the Lake and eventually you will be walking next to the highway. Follow the highway till you see the Lookout Slabs on your right (North, approx. 52.254333,-116.400385) cross the highway and look out for Red flagging tape heading up a grassy hill towards the slabs. Follow the flagging tape trending left and you will reach the base of the slabs. Wet like Willy is the first route directly in front of you as you are gearing up. Susan’s pollution solution starts left of Wet like Willy and 5 meters up the hill. 25-30 minutes

If you are approaching for  Dumbo the approach is fairly similar but the first hill on the right (North) is the one you take to get up to the major slab formation that has the trad route scary Bighorn (5.9) on it. There will be flagging tape marking the way. A burnt out tree with flagging tape marks the start of the route. 20-30 minutes

Beta

Andrew climbing pitch 1 of Dumbo

Andrew Abel onPitch 1, it trends roughly left to a large belay ledge.

Bolting Pitch 2 of Dumbo

Pitch 2 heads right, across the ‘elephant ear’ to a short roof.

Pitch 1: 32m 5.6

Climb up on textured slab following a line of bolts to a nice belay ledge with 2 belay bolts. Trends roughly left. Remember to bring shoes for the walk-off. 

Pitch 2: 33m 5.7

This pitch is a super fun flat ‘elephant ear’ scoop feature, with lie back style on perfect texture leading to a short but manageable roof with good jugs and feet. Belay ledge is right on top.

Andrew Abel bolting the little ledge off the third belay on Dumbo

Andrew Abel bolting pitch 3 on lead.

Heidi Olstad on Dumbo Pitch 3

Heidi Olstad, topping out Pitch 3

Pitch 3: 33m 5.7

Go left off the belay and up and over to the slab! Pull through the short crux over the bulge to the left of the belay and then enjoy the cruisey slab up to another nice belay ledge with 2 belay bolts.

Pitch 4: 20m 5.6

Cruise the black and white water runnels on the juggy(!) slab. Follow up on easy slab to a bolted belay with 2 bolts up and next to a bush. If you can’t find the belay bolts just use a tree.

Descent:

This route has a very easy walk off and connects with the windy ridge trail that leads you all the way back to the windy point parking lot. Follow the flagging trail as it traverses across and connects with the hikers trail, then head down.

*It is not currently 100% equipped with rap rings. Walk off is recommended. 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Carley

    Amazing multi pitch. Such a variety in features and types of climbing. Very well bolted and belay stations are all situated well. As with any climbs in the area, there are amazing views the whole way. The approach was a bit technical with some scrambling. We couldn’t find any kind of trail but we were able to find the base of the climb marked by a burnt tree and red flagging tape.

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