TGN...Before the avalanche of replies about all the gear opportunities I missed, I'm sure now as a much more experienced leader I would be able to better protect it.
The bottom line is that the rock will be there another day. It is not going away. No sense in risking life and limb. I believe you absolutely made the right decision to back off.
Oh, I certainly agree. There are plenty of other climbs. What I wrote though was that perhaps it wasn't as percived in comparison to the Williams guide. But now TGN has written that the guide book did describe it more correctly than she first wrote.
I'm sure I could be wrong, but even in the book, Dick says may be difficult to protect the slab unless you're tall...and I am and it still looked desperate.
Thin Slabs: I remember it as a bit thin on protection. Though not specifically at the start.