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Slab of Despair

Colorado > Ouray vicinity (rock)

Description

This is a West-facing, smooth, low-angled slab of really hard rock (the same kind as Techno, Shangri-La, Light Line, etc). This little slab is at the downstream end of the Ruby Cliffs. It has a short approach to technical edgy slab climbing. No forearms are required. Three pitches share one common anchor. Top rope aficionados like myself can easily hike around to set up for the brownpoint attempt.

Getting There

From downtown Ouray, drive south 3.5 miles on US Hwy 550. The road gets narrow and exposed at the Ruby Cliffs. Park right at the 25 mph sign. Walk back down the road 20 yards and scramble up a purple rock dike with a X-mas tree. Avoid knocking down loose rocks on Mercedes driving by. Walk 4 minutes past a nice-looking boulder to the diamond-shaped slab just above.

Routes from Left to Right

5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 1
Seamline
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 1
Plumbline
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 2
Seepline
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Seamline
 1
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Plumbline
 1
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Seepline
 2
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR

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Cory raps from the top of the Slab of Despair.  The routes are listed.
[Hide Photo] Cory raps from the top of the Slab of Despair. The routes are listed.
Nice looking boulder on the hike in to the Slab of Despair waiting for the right pad-person to develop.
[Hide Photo] Nice looking boulder on the hike in to the Slab of Despair waiting for the right pad-person to develop.
Approach to the Slab of Despair.
[Hide Photo] Approach to the Slab of Despair.