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Routes in West Slabs

1978 Bracksieck/Mallow Route T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
BLM (aka, Bolt Like Mad) S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Hwan Kap T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Left-facing Dihedral T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Shaft, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tin Can Arete T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Unknown 2nd 9 T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unknown 5 T,S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Unknown 7+ T,S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unknown 9 T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unknown 9+ T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
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Elevation: 9,564 ft
GPS: 39.698, -105.744 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

The West Slabs saw some development of bolted routes in the early '90s. Several quite old trad lines exist that must date back 30 years or so. Nearly everything on the West Slab can be done with a single 60 m rope. However, not all routes have bolted anchors, so choose you lines carefully. Numbering used here begins on the left side of the crag with an old Kurt Smith route (1) and ends with a new Kurt Smith route (7), at least so far.

Eds. now there are a number of moderate pitches on the right side of the crag.

Getting There

Park near the tailings field at the base of The Silver Plume mine. Hike West about 150 feet, crossing a dry streambed. Just after the dry streambed, a trail through the tailings pile zig-zags up to the obvious South-facing crag.

L->R:

A. Kurt Smith route, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
B. The Shaft, 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Bolt Like Mad (BLM), 12-, 1p, 70', bolts.
D. Time to Climb, 10, 1p, gear.
E. Toxic Chalk Syndrome, 10+, 1p, gear.
F. Route/project, 1p, bolts.
G. Kurt Smith route, 13-, 1p, bolts.

H. Unknown 7+, 7+, 2p, 150', bolts & gear.
above H. Hwan Kap, 9, 1p, 145', gear.
I. Unknown 9, 9, 1-2p?, 90' or 180', bolts & gear.
J. Unknown 2nd 9, 9, 1-2p, 90', bolts, pin, gear.
K. 1978 Bracksieck/Mallow Route, 7, 3p, 300', gear.
L. Left-facing Dihedral, 7, 1p, gear.
above L & right. Unknown 9+, 9+, 1-3p, bolts & gear.
M. Unknown 5, 5, 1p, bolt & gear.
above M. Tin Can Arete, 5, 1p, 110', gear.

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Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
Interestingly, it's hard to hard to hear above the road noise. For those with quiet voices, rope signals or walkie-talkie radios might be good.

Also, the cliff lies nearly straight above the mine buildings, although you zig-zag below and above on trails/road to get there. Jul 27, 2013

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