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Illusions T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Mitten Slab S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Elevation: 6,396 ft
GPS: 39.629, -107.813 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: dannys on Jul 6, 2007
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

As you approach Rifle Arch, you will see a 500' tall, dark, varnished slab with a long diagonal roof spanning its width. It is vaguely in the shape of a giant mitten, hence the name.

Getting There

After branching left of the benches, head to the base of the wall continuing left. You will pass several routes before you are force back down into talus and dirt. Keep an eye out for a faint trail leading back up to the base of the Mitten. There can be a fair amount of poison ivy in this area so use caution.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mitten Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Mitten Slab
Sport 5 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
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Illusions
Trad 7 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mitten Slab
 21
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 5 pitches
Illusions
 3
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad 7 pitches
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Going left from the benches, we encountered bushwhacking, fallen logs, and a lot of up and down, before reaching the first three (now five) bolted routes. When we hiked back to the car, we followed a mellow, occasionally rocky trail, which intersects the Arch trail well below (south of) the benches. When going up the Arch trail, look for a flat pile of cobbles to the right of a 6" x 3' juniper log lying across the entrance to the climbers' trail. These markers could easily disappear.

Just to the left of Ladies First are two new bolted 5.9s. From the chain anchors atop each of the five bolted routes, you can climb up to chain anchor(s) behind a big juniper on a ledge. Above this ledge lie two separate two-pitch bolted extensions (each 5.9). One of these extensions is called Sok Rot in the guidebook. Oct 20, 2013

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