BETA PHOTO: Routes at The Slab. First bolts circled. Cheers. (...
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Located a couple hundred feet left of the Tuna and Chips Wall
The Slab is exactly as it sounds, a slab. At one point in its history The Slab was predominately top rope only and contained only a handful of climbs. However over time it has grown into a full blown sport crag. Hosting climbs from 5.5 to 5.9 , the majority of which trend toward the lower end of that range , The Slab offers entry level sport climbing with one of the shortest approaches in the first pullout. Some of the rock at the slab is suspect. Hollow and or flexing flakes of rock can be found on the lower and mid level portions of some of the routes. A helmet would not be unwarranted for the belayer as these routes continue to clean up. Top Rope Access Anchor
There is an anchor on the upper ridge above The Slab roughly in line with the center of the wall. It can be used to rappel to the shelf were several of the sport anchors are located to setup top ropes sans leading the routes. Keep in mind that not all finishing anchors found here can be accessed by utilizing this anchor as some dip off the edge of the shelf and others are not located on it at all. Hiking out far left then up the ridge to get to the anchor is about a 10-15 minute endeavor.
For those familiar with the area
Approach as per the Tiger Stripe Wall
but continue uphill and around and down into the wash behind it. Alternatively approach as per Tuna and Chips Wall
and head left after reaching its base until you come across a large water streak. This is the right most edge of The Slab.
For those unfamiliar with the area
You will head downhill from the first pullout parking lot. Make a left at the fork (Defined by a trail marker), continuing downhill. At a small wash the trail breaks hard left, winding through the slope coming down from the road.... as well as trending right and uphill. YOU will trend right here going back uphill through braided trails with a large tiger striped rock formation on your right (Tiger Stripe Wall
At the top of this hill you will find your self on a much more defined ridge trail with a good size gully/wash on your right The Slab should be easily visible out to your right framed by a prominent water streak at the crags far right and a large cave in the top center. Scrambling down into the gully will take you to the base of the climbs. (10 min)
Weather station 0.7 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Slab
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Slab:
Unknown 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Slab Happy 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Featured Route For The Slab
What R Streek 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a NV
: Red Rock
: ... : The Slab
This climb follows the water streak to the far right of the wall. The water polished rock looks and feels glass smooth in places. Starts out somewhat vertical before tilting back to slab at about the third bolt before drifting to the right at the chains....[more] Browse More Classics in NV
By Nicholas Gillman
From: Las Vegas
Jul 4, 2015
Replaced my original beta/topo pic with an updated high res version (the max MP allows) in hopes of greater clarity on the app / tablets ect...Cheers.
By Ben Townsend
Nov 4, 2015
In addition to the routes shown on the photo-topo, there are two bolted lines immediately left of Smear Campaign, both about 5.8.
By Nicholas Gillman
From: Las Vegas
Jun 13, 2016
This area has undergone significant development and Ive gone thought and refined/updated it accordingly. I also added a high res beta pic. Cheers.