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Routes in The Red Slab

1976 Crack/chimney T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Back Scratcher T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Bumblies For Breakfast S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Corner, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Diamondback S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Fun 'n' Games T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Jenga S 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Lounge Lizard S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
MK '74 T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a X
Pink Slip S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Rattle and Scream S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rubics S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Slip It In S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Slip and Slide S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Snakes For Snacks S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Spring Fever T,S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Trundelero S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Vapor Trail S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Wicked Game S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
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Description

The Red Slab is a lot bigger than it might appear. Nearly all of the routes are a full 8ee5 ft in length. Something like ten years ago Alan Nelson, working with various partners, put in all the routes. Most of the routes are 5.10 with very spacy bolting. On some of these routes you can expect fewer than six clips in 85 feet of climbing. An excellent 5.12b exists as the wall's only testpiece. Bring lots of mental cool and you can pick off about a dozen fine pitches on great stone. Best in the earlier hours (during warmer months), since it faces East by Southeast.

Also, there are a few traditionally-protected, multi-pitch lines which lie just around the corner to the left.

L->R:

Around the corner to the left:

A. 1976 Crack/chimney, 8, 2p, gear.
B. The Corner, 8+, 4p, 350', gear.
C. Jenga, 6, 1p, 90', bolts.
D.Fun 'n' Games, 9-, 3p, 350', gear & bolt.
E. Rubics, 9-, 1p, 80', bolts.

Main crag:

F. Slip It In, 11 PG-13, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.
G. 1976 Crack/chimney, 8, 2p, gear.
H. Bumblies for Breakfast, 10- PG-13, 1p, 85', bolts.
I. Vapor Trail, 9 PG-13, 1p, 85', TR or bolts.
J. Trundelero, 10, 1p, bolts.
K. Wicked Game, 10+ PG-13, 1p, bolts.
L. Spring Fever, 10+, 1p, bolts.
M. Diamondback, 10, 1p, bolts.
N. Pink Slip, 12, 1p, 80', TR or bolts.
ON. Slip and Slide, 10+, 1p, 80', bolts.
P. Lounge Lizard, 10, 1p, 80', bolts.
Q. MK '74, 9+ R/X, 1p, 80', TR or funky gear & bolts.
R. Snakes for Snacks, 10- PG-13, 1p, bolts.
S. Rattle and Scream, 10- PG-13, 1p, 60', bolts.
T. And Now for Something Completely Different or Back Scratcher, 8 R or 9, 1p, TR or gear.

Getting There

Three miles up Clear Creek Canyon is a large and generous parking area on the South side of the road and just before the first bridge. The Red Slab is the large East facing formation across the road from the parking. Access the crag via a short scramble just at the bridge abuttment. This picks up a trail with a couple of decoy forks in it. Stay high to avoid tumbling into the creek. The trail will deposit you at the base of The Red Slab about in the middle.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Red Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 4
Rubics
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 85
Vapor Trail
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 46
Bumblies For Breakfast
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 37
Snakes For Snacks
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 38
Trundelero
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 67
Diamondback
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 72
Lounge Lizard
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 54
Slip and Slide
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 14
Pink Slip
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rubics
 4
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Vapor Trail
 85
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bumblies For Breakfast
 46
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Snakes For Snacks
 37
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Trundelero
 38
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Diamondback
 67
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lounge Lizard
 72
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Slip and Slide
 54
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Pink Slip
 14
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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I love this crag! Is kind of easy to get lost on your way back to the car, but well worth it! Everything here is over-graded, however, pretty run out. A lot of side pulls and funky footwork. Great spot to climb during the week, after work. Apr 12, 2002
Paul Hunnicutt
Boulder, CO
Paul Hunnicutt   Boulder, CO
Be careful on the short climb up to the trail from the bridge - it is short but an easy place to be complacent and fall...my partner put his rock shoes on.

Also, in addition to the rattlesnakes, we saw a black widow spider walking on the ground- red hourglass and all - at the base of Trundelero. We moved it far far away from the climbs, but be on the lookout.

I would also advise wearing a helmet while climbing AND belaying. There is still plenty of loose rock and I had to dodge a few today. Also some of the bolts are a tad bit spaced out so if you are climbing near your limit take care. See the comments for Rattle and Scream if you think that wearing a helmet at the base of a "sport" crag isn't cool.

A good crag, especially if you enjoy sidepull, balancy, 5.10+ slab work. Nov 4, 2006
Jonathan Stickel
Golden, CO
Jonathan Stickel   Golden, CO
Though the crag faces mostly South, it is not good Dec.-Jan. as the sun is too low in the sky to clear the canyon wall and hit Red Slab. Also, the approach is quite dangerous when snowy. Dec 19, 2015

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