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As one approaches Greyrock on the Summit Trail, the South Slabs are the first area to come into view, appearing as a large, smooth section of rock amidst more broken areas. Two tiers of slabs offer fun climbing, both bolt- and gear-protected. Be wary on the slab routes, as some are 'traditionally bolted,' and will provide an experience quite different from sport climbing elsewhere in the Poudre Canyon.
Hike the Greyrock Summit trail for a stiff 2.5 miles to its intersection with the Meadows trail near a bench, where two rock outcroppings are visible to the north. Leave the trail and pass between these, continuing on as the crow flies to the base of the South Slab. A natural line of passage will likely deposit you directly beneath the lowest part of the slab, near Two Minds Meet and Aunt Edna's Costume Jewelry.
A 70 meter rope is highly recommended for rappelling off routes on the Lower Tier of the South Slabs - be careful, however - many of these routes are ~125 feet long or slightly more, and will require a bit of downclimbing at the end of your rappel. Utilizing the walk-off gully to climber's left (skiier's right) is recommended.
Browse More Classics in The South Slabs
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The South Slabs:
Sugar Mountain 5.5 R Trad, 2 pitches, 200 feet
Fun Flake 5.6 Trad, 1 pitch
Slab Happy 5.7 Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Aunt Edna's Costume Jewelry 5.7 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 125 feet
Wigs on Fire 5.10b R Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Between Nothingness and Eternity 5.12a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150 feet
Go Spuds Go 5.12a/b Trad, 1 pitch, 30 feet
Featured Route For The South Slabs
Go Spuds Go 5.12a/b CO : Fort Collins : ... : The South Slabs
One of Craig Leubben's favorite offwidths! It's only about 15' of climbing to the crux pivot at the lip, but continue climbing the next 20' to a tree. Walk off.Approach by the Grey Rock summit trail. Start looking towards Grey Rock about 5 minutes past the meadow and you will see the steeply angled off-width boulder to the left up the slope. It takes about 1 hour to reach Go Spuds Go from the parking lot....[more] Browse More Classics in CO