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Interface aka Slab Left 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Scott Berk, solo, 1988 or Ric Leitner, 1991
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Submitted By: Michael Komarnitsky on Jan 1, 2001
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This route ascends a wide, textured face in the middle of the Brown Cloud area. Scramble to a ledge 10 feet off the ground, then start the route.

Note, over the years, this route has become quite rounded in places.


Originally, this had 2 bolts to a 2 hanger anchor. Reaching the anchors is a little difficult, as they are low on the face. Try going from the west side of them, down a small chimney to a ledge.

This has been updated to have 4 bolts.

Photos of Interface aka Slab Left Slideshow Add Photo
Fun 5.8 slab.
Fun 5.8 slab.
Luke Clarke completes Interface. (Anna Clarke photo)
Luke Clarke completes Interface. (Anna Clarke phot...
Chris in a cool little crack right of Interface.
Chris in a cool little crack right of Interface.
Topo from '92.
Topo from '92.
I think this photo can zoom to see the changed bolting.  Hardest move is off the ledge with good pro from the first bolt. I use the arete, after bolt #2.  Seems 5.7 with better pro.
I think this photo can zoom to see the changed bol...
A look at "Interface aka Slab Left" - April 2012.
A look at "Interface aka Slab Left" - April 2012.
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By Andy Mauk
Jun 30, 2002

This route is a really good warm up, it's short only two draws. be carful if your the belayer, becasue your on a legde and you don't want to fall off.

By Jason Carter
From: Monument, CO
Jul 21, 2002

For some reason this climb seems odd - weird moves, greasy sloper holds, and a disjunct line - not my favorite; anyone else?

By Ron Radzieta
Aug 16, 2002

The downward-sloping, well-used holds definitely makes the climb more difficult. Straight up seems a little thin to be just an 8. Using the left edge but not actually going up the arete seems to be a more reasonable 8.

By Randy Carmichael
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 2, 2002

It seems like if you fell at or near the anchor there is ground fall potential.

By Luke Clarke
From: Golden
Nov 28, 2003

Anchors have been upgraded. Two nice bolts with the huge hangers you can thread through were in place today. Nice short route.

By Surlyman
May 7, 2004
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

8+ going straight up the face. High risk of decking if you fall anywhere. Should be better protected.

By John Fields
Jul 1, 2004

Really liked this climb for it balancy moves on less than positive holds and for its sustained level of difficulty. If you stick to the face, I think this route is about as difficult as Deck Chairs. Actually I would say probably harder. The holds are much more positive on Deck Chairs than on this one, although if you use the arete on the left for holds, this one probably becomes an 8 by NTM standards. The anchor bolts have spinner hangers and the hangers are well worn. I'll probably backup the anchor next time. Also, take a good look at the bolts before you decide to lead it. If you fall from just about anywhere on the route, you will deck. It's easy to setup a TR by scrambling down into the chimney west of the climb.

By pinchepaco
From: castle rock, co
Dec 2, 2004
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

It could be better protected, but then it would diminish the rating, nice climb.

By justin jennerjahn
Nov 27, 2007

Harder than 8 if you stick to middle. Good route. Scary on lead.

By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Nov 28, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

7/12/08: David, are you the official spokesperson for the Berks? I doubt it. Anyone solid enough to solo this does not need your help. Do you really think any solo climber would insist the rest of us stop using ropes?

Are you suggesting we take out the bolts? The man who used to own the Golden Cliffs told me he donated the land so kids would have place to climb. I don't believe he wanted them to be gettting hurt.

Kids need the oppotunity to learn. Think about learning to read, instead of learning to climb. You seem to be the type who thinks only only advanced readers deserve books. I can't support that kind of intolerance!

By Kevin Wood
May 24, 2008
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Good route with the four bolts fun lead. Just FYI ******the anchors are spinning******...the hangers are good though.

By David Bayendor
From: Denver, CO
May 20, 2009

This is a tough but fair 5.8 sport route. Bolts and anchors are in good condition.

Because the route is basalt, the holds feel a bit greasy.

By Steinwayz
May 14, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13

This route sucks. The holds are extremely greasy and polished. This was MAYBE a 5.8 twenty years ago - but now I'd say it's a 5.9+ It looks very easy from the bottom - but even the opening moves are a little tricky.

By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 2, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Full value for the grade.