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Routes in The South Slabs

Aunt Edna's Costume Jewelry T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Bad Boys Bolt T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Beer for Breakfast T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Between Nothingness and Eternity T,S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Birdland T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Black Market T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Blackstreak TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
Dirty Love T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Fun Flake T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Funkativity T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Go Spuds Go T 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Good Girls Don't T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
Grey Rat Rocksicle T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Jazzman (a.k.a. Turdland) T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Raich's South Side Route T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Shadow Dance S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Slab Happy S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sugar Mountain T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
Trojan Romance T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Two Minds Meet T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Wigs on Fire T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Wildstreak S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
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Shared By: Aaron Martinuzzi on Sep 3, 2009
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Description

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.

Fun routes on solid granite ranging from 5.5 to 5.12 ascend this centerpiece of Greyrock climbing.

Per lubbo Owen: nearly all the bolts appear to have been chopped.

Getting There

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.

One exception to this entry is Go Spuds Go, which in fact ascends a boulder located near the southernmost tip of the Greyrock massif. Anyone making the hike to seek out this offwidth problem shouldn't have much trouble sighting the wide, overhanging crack. It's visible to the north from the summit trail a short half-mile or so from the bench.

Descent

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.

For Upper Tier routes ending at anchors, a 60 meter rope is generally sufficient. Some lines can naturally be extended into trips up to the top of Greyrock, albeit through less consistent terrain.

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lubbo Owen
Laramie
lubbo Owen   Laramie
Nearly all bolts in this area have been chopped. Jan 29, 2013
Wil B  
So does anyone have any info about why all the bolts were chopped off the south slabs? Major bummer to go buy Craig's book and head up to the rock only to find out there are no sport routes left on the south slabs.... Aug 22, 2013
Guy H.
Fort Collins CO
Guy H.   Fort Collins CO
Will, someone went a little crazy with the bolts on previously climbed lines. The climbs were probably returned to the original state before someone got a drill for Christmas. Aug 22, 2013

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