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North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Mountains, Static Slab, Mount Stickney Area

Static Slab, Mount Stickney Area. On May 18 Dave Johnson, Dave Pickard and I made the first ascent of the Static Slab on Static Peak, some two miles north of Mount Stickney. It is an excellent 800- to 1000-foot quartz diorite buttress with many possible friction routes. Ours ascends from a prominent evergreen tree at the buttress base 800 feet to the “Curious Cube,” a gigantic tilted slab. We reached the Static Slab by driving the Kromona Mine branch of the Sultan Basin road 3½ miles to the large clearcut across from it. We crossed the river and got to the base of the buttress. Five of the seven leads are of 5.8 or 5.9 friction. The route ascends almost directly toward the Cube, the last lead being the crux. A class-4 lead ascends from the top of the Cube to the buttress top. Grade III, 5.9.

Robert Buckley