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Slab of Despair Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,850'
Location: 37.9949, -107.6562 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Fleetwood Matt on Aug 27, 2012
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BETA PHOTO: Cory raps from the top of the Slab of Despair. Th...


This is a West-facing, smooth, low-angled slab of really hard rock (the same kind as Techno, Shangri-La, Light Line, etc). This little slab is at the downstream end of the Ruby Cliffs. It has a short approach to technical edgy slab climbing. No forearms are required. Three pitches share one common anchor. Top rope aficionados like myself can easily hike around to set up for the brownpoint attempt.

Getting There 

From downtown Ouray, drive south 3.5 miles on US Hwy 550. The road gets narrow and exposed at the Ruby Cliffs. Park right at the 25 mph sign. Walk back down the road 20 yards and scramble up a purple rock dike with a X-mas tree. Avoid knocking down loose rocks on Mercedes driving by. Walk 4 minutes past a nice-looking boulder to the diamond-shaped slab just above.

Climbing Season

For the Ouray vicinity (rock) area.

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

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Seamline 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c  CO : Ouray vicinity (rock) : Slab of Despair
This is on the left side of the slab. Start trending up and left past a few thin moves, clip a bolt, then follow a cool seam up and right to the top of the slab....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: Nice looking boulder on the hike in to the Slab of...
Nice looking boulder on the hike in to the Slab of...
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach to the Slab of Despair.
BETA PHOTO: Approach to the Slab of Despair.

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