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Routes in Fashion Slab

Blue Steel S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Catwalk S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Ferrari S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Finger Jockey S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Finnish Dwarf S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Gasoline Fight T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Le Tigre T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Magnum T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Merman T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Mugatu T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Orange-Mocha Frappuccino T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Prada S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Elevation: 7,200 ft
GPS: 37.375, -118.682 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: old5ten on Feb 18, 2014
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

This is the mostly East facing slab just up the hill from Crack of Noon Buttress. There are several easy to moderate routes. 'Blue Steel' is excellent.

Getting There

Drive approx. a quarter mile past the Pratt's Crack turn-off on Pine Creek Rd. and park in a small dirt/gravel turn out on the Northwest side of the road. If you've reached the creek crossing (metal barriers), you've gone about a hundred yards too far. From the turn out follow a Southwest trending dirt road/path toward the sand dune ahead. Stay straight/left at the junction, the right path goes to Three Hour Buttress/Lamb Wall. Just before reaching the sand dune do a short scramble up and right. Pass a prominent, angular boulder with a slab behind it (Crack of Noon Buttress) on the right. Easy access, short approach (10-12 minutes).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Fashion Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 22
Merman
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
Prada
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Orange-Mocha Frappuccino
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Mugatu
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 31
Finger Jockey
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Finnish Dwarf
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
Catwalk
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 26
Blue Steel
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Magnum
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Ferrari
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Merman
 22
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Prada
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Orange-Mocha Frappuccino
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Mugatu
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Finger Jockey
 31
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Finnish Dwarf
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Catwalk
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Blue Steel
 26
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Magnum
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Ferrari
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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butters
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
butters   Mammoth Lakes, Ca
climbed a route on the far left hand side lower down. it was quite dirty with a roof finish. any info on that route? Mar 20, 2015
Todd Townsend
Bishop, CA
Todd Townsend   Bishop, CA
If it was a bolted route that is just out of the picture in the "Overview Topo," I think you climbed a 5.8 called something like, "Shagai?" I'm pretty sure it was put up by McConachie/Harden/O'Brien around the same time that they did Catwalk and Prada.

The next chunk of rock to the left from there is the "Passover Wall." No info on MP yet, look for it in Tai's guidebook, hopefully due out some time this summer. Mar 20, 2015
Note--*you* pass on the right side of Crack of Noon Buttress. The buttress will be on your *left*. Match what you see with the mountainproject pic and you'll do fine.

There's an amazingly clear, rock-bordered foot path from the top corner of the pullout. It is heading southwest as described, though I'd have sworn it was northwest. Somebody put a lot of love into this trail--kudos.

Came here to help a friend fulfill his 35th birthday challenge--35 bolts (not counting anchors) in 35 minutes. The perfect crag for that! He made it with time to spare, despite getting shut down on the 11a and having to replace it with a new route on the fly. May 18, 2015
Tyler Wick
Bishop, CA
Tyler Wick   Bishop, CA
Fun area - the right side is full of great, well bolted sport routes Jul 8, 2015
Climbed here on 10/2/15,, really fun climbing and easy approach. Thank you for the work on the routes! Really enjoyed Blue Steel! Oct 7, 2015
Dave Livingston   BISHOP
A fun crag with a high concentration of generously bolted moderates. The routes, on the right portion of the crag, felt a grade easier than rated, with exception to Le Tigre, perhaps something broke? The thing that really stood out was how clean the rock is; no grit or munge like you experience on the PSOM slab. This is a great place for the beginning leader. Good work Todd and others. Oct 10, 2015
Todd Townsend
Bishop, CA
Todd Townsend   Bishop, CA
Thanks for the kind words.

As for the grades, I think things will flush themselves out through consensus over time. I tried not to sandbag anyone too bad, so maybe they're a little soft. It's hard to know how hard things really are after you've sussed them out a bunch on top rope.

For me, the 11a rating on Le Tigre was wholly dependent on a very specific sequence which involved a hold that I couldn't see from below the roof. I could imagine it feeling MUCH harder (impossible for me) if attempted without that hold. Oct 13, 2015
Fun area, nice job Todd! Only had a few hours there so we didn't get a lot done but what we did was fun. Will be back to check out the rest. Oct 13, 2015
kenr  
Getting there ...
Parking: GPS latitude longitude approx (N37.3752 W118.6767), at a pull-out on right (NW) side of the main Pine Creek road, which is about 0.35 mile SSW up-canyon from the turn-off for the parking for Scheelite Canyon / Pratt's Crack Gully. If you drive up to where the road crosses the creek over a bridge with guardrails, you've gone too far: so turn around and go back down-canyon 0.1 mile.

Fashion Slab is easily visible from parking
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Hiking: Go 0.25 mile (1300 ft) WSW on old dirt road / wide trail, gently rising. Aim for an obvious large roof low on the cliff. The trail turns sandy just before reaching the right end of a large berm / earth dam which blocks the NW side of the Pine Creek drainage. Here at (N37.3741 W118.6808) turn Right to leave the wide trail. Follow a climber's use trail 0.1 mile (500 ft) NW up slope (gets steeper) below the right side of cliffs (pass by Crack of Noon buttress) to reach Fashion Slab. The foot of the obvious slab (N37.3751 W118.6821) is the start of the route Merman (then steep scramble to reach routes to right of it).

Total hiking about +370 vertical feet over 0.35 mile distance (+112m over 0.6km).
Typical range of hiking times 15-30 minutes. Aug 6, 2016
phylp
Upland
phylp   Upland
Here's a shoutout of thanks to the developers. We went here for the first time on Friday, after the wall went into the shade (around 2:3o PM in August). Despite the heat of mid-90s in Bishop, Temps were perfect because of the late afternoon breezes one gets in Pine Creek, and the climbing was a lot of fun. Aug 8, 2016
old5ten
Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
old5ten   Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
generally speaking the grades for most of the routes on fashion slab seem to be consistently soft, especially if you have a background of climbing granite elsewhere. Nov 14, 2016

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