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Salt Lake Slips

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L to R R to L Alpha
Abracadabra T 
Chalking Dead T,TR 
Double Tap S 
Entre Nous S 
Forgotten Ambition T 
Goth Girls S 
High Fructose Corn Syrup S 
Italian Arete S 
Maudlin S 
Nosferatu S 
Roll the Bones S 
Salem's Lot S,TR 
Senseless Banter T 
Thieving Magpie S 
Use-to-be-bushy T 
Witchhunt S 
Zombieland T 

Salt Lake Slips Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.6226, -111.748 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jonathan Sakai on Jun 19, 2003
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Salt Lake Slips proves that good things can come in small packages. There are only a handful of routes here, but I'll take this sort of quality over quantity any time.

Immediately to the left, there is a 40' cave area with some wicked sport climbs. Up and to the right are several moderate bolted routes.

Getting There 

Salt Lake Slips is about 2.45 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon on the left side.

Enter through the Storm Mountain Picnic Area, cross the bridge, and walk west past the Storm Mountain Amphitheater.

Go up the hill, turn south, and follow the trail (turning southwest) to the top of the gully above the Slips. Descend the gully to the routes.

During very low water periods, you can park on the road opposite the climbs and safely cross the river. However, crossing the river at any other time is extremely dangerous; people have died attempting it.

An approach map is ?here?.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Salt Lake Slips

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Salt Lake Slips:
Italian Arete   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   
Thieving Magpie   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Maudlin   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Entre Nous   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
High Fructose Corn Syrup   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Forgotten Ambition   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Chalking Dead   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Double Tap   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Witchhunt   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Nosferatu   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Goth Girls   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Salem's Lot   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: R. Mason just below the crux of Thieving Magpie.  ...

Thieving Magpie 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Salt Lake Slips
As far as 5.7's go, this one is pretty sweet.The crux is above the second bolt and includes the third and fourth bolts. Pretty slim pickings there, and long arms help. There is a plate sized bulge in that section that works more as a distraction than anything, but it sure looks good while your on top of it.Juggy on top. This climb is clearly rated a 5.7 for the lower half....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Rock Climbing Photo: Nosferatu Sunset
Nosferatu Sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Tyrolean Traverse over raging BCC creek.  5-15-06
BETA PHOTO: Tyrolean Traverse over raging BCC creek. 5-15-06
Rock Climbing Photo: this is the overhanging south face.  the short chi...
BETA PHOTO: this is the overhanging south face. the short chi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber on Roll the Bones (5.6) on the mai...
BETA PHOTO: Unknown climber on Roll the Bones (5.6) on the mai...
Rock Climbing Photo: The four popular moderate routes at the Salt Lake ...
BETA PHOTO: The four popular moderate routes at the Salt Lake ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Loved this route.
Loved this route.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Salt Lake Slips from Narcolepsy Area
Salt Lake Slips from Narcolepsy Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview of main, east-facing Slips wall.
BETA PHOTO: Overview of main, east-facing Slips wall.

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By Mason
Jun 20, 2003
The Slips are a great place to train a new climbing partner, as there are several relatively easy (5.6-5.8) sport routes side by side. There are also a few 5.10 routes around the corner. Nice variations in the climbs, and in a few hours you can do 3 or 4 routes. It is close to the base of BCC, so it's easy to get to after work in the summer.

To avoid crowds it is good to get there by 3 if you are with someone who is climb-shy. The wall is in the shade in the afternoon, and a climber could easily attach a top rope to any of the other routes instead of leading (if they wanted, but who'd do that?). All of the climbs seem to have their ratings because they have a short crux area, and otherwise they feel easier than rated, but are enjoyable anyway.
By Nathan Fisher
Jun 14, 2006
There is no longer parking on the North side of the road. The recent rain storms of last week washed out part of the road/shoulder from Stairs Gulch to the former parking area of the Slips.
By icsteveoh
From: salt lake city, UT
Jun 5, 2007
Whats the deal with access now? Still no tyrolean?

I found the trail hard to follow even knowing where it was supposed to end up. Had some friends go down the wrong drainage and get a bunch of poison ivy. I think there needs to be some Caryn's or something. A good landmark though is the lone tree that looks like a bonsai or an umbrella - walk towards it and keep going it should be the next gully. I thought it was fun instead of going down the deadly scree field switch back thing to go over to the second pitch of whatever and rap down. Going up and out the gully isn't so bad.
By Ryan Peterson
From: North Salt Lake, Utah
Jun 5, 2007
It comes and goes. Please avoid it if it shows up and tell others not to put them up, it's dangerous and illegal, try to get more people using the path from Storm Mountain. It's a nice little hike.
By James Garrett
Nov 22, 2007
The approach should be abridged in the present description. ooo's map is the correct way, especially during high water periods.
Volunteers with the SLCA have built a great trail over from Storm Mountain. Use it. Kudos JK!
By Tim G.
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 8, 2011
The hike from Storm Mountain Picnic Area is around 15 minutes depending on fast you hike. There are a couple meandering paths through the brush on the ridge, but I think they all lead to the same entrance down some loose flat rocks. The water has been low enough to cross since mid August 2011. Going in you can jump across some rocks. Coming back out the jumps are a little harder, so we just walked through the water.
By Billy Smallen
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 3, 2012
The Zombie Corners are up! Climb anything between Italian Arete and Zombieland--once on the ledge make your way to the far right anchors. From there check out Zombieland's second pitch, Double Tap, and Chalking Dead. All super fun!

During high water these are a fun way to gain the ridge while avoiding the gully on your way out to Storm Mountain!
By Tony Roberts
Apr 6, 2015
I found a pair of shoes at the slips yesterday 4/5/15. I would like to get them back to their owner. If they are yours just shoot me a description and I will happily reunite you.
By Kirsten Schiel
From: SLC, UT
Jul 3, 2015
Sorry not sure if this is the appropriate place to post, If there is a better place please let me know. Just coming back from the slips now, where we got my little brother out for the first time (yay) but went to pack up and my backpack was gone. As usual there were a few parties that came and went like they do at the slips and it may have been snagged by mistake as its a bag many people have, small BD day pack lime green, it might be called a bullet but now I am not entirely sure but if you were at the slips today and realized when you got home that you have an extra pack please contact me! I unfortunately can't afford the luxury of buying all my gear twice so it would be cool to get it back!
801 809 4544

And if you took it on purpose then.. Love it good you wanker.
By Jimmy2
Jul 25, 2015
Found pair of climbing shoes in 25July. Message with description and we'll get them back to you.

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