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Best Front Range Slab Climbs

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Todd the Tangler · · Golden, CO · Joined May 2014 · Points: 50

Yeah, so I'm one of those weirdos that's super fond of hard, thin slab climbing. Preferably in the 11-12 range, but don't hesitate to offer up whatever comes to mind!

A few memorable favorites of mine are: Consilience, Bearcat goes to Hollywood, Topographical Oceans, Stiff Little Fingers, and pretty much everything in Upper Dream Canyon.

Anyways, I'm moving away from the front range in a few weeks and would love to find a few more hard slabs to get psyched on.

What're your favorites!?

Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,482

Take thee here:

Big Rock Candy Mountain​​​

Monty · · Golden, CO · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 3,300

You're not alone in your fondness for hard slabs! You can't go wrong with Childhood's End  on Big Rock.  Some of my other favorites are:

Goose Creek/Wigwam Area
Cloak of the Wolf 12+ : shady most of the day
El Supremo 11b : its supremo!
Shining Path 11b : Very remote and memorable

Cathedral Spires
Foxton Shuffle 12+ : morning shade
Far Reaches 12 : technically a seam but climbs like a slab
Sunkist at Sunshine Wall 12 : not listed on MP

Buffalo Creek Area
Two Jews Blues 10c : easier but really good!

Thunder Ridge
The Quarry : Literally anything on this wall

Devils Head:
The Hall of Fame at Devils Head has a lot of good slabs in the upper 11 to low 12 range

Long Water Dome:
Barracuda 11d : I haven't actually climbed this one but I've heard it's amazing and exciting!

The Learning Curve 12+ : not really a slab, but it's thin and techy like a slab.  It's a bit of a mission to get to though.

David Appelhans · · Broomfield, CO · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 410

Birds of Fire in RMNP.

Courtney Hedrick · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 40

The grades are easier than what you’re looking for but Elevenmile Dome in Elevenmile canyon is some slabby fun.

Chris Johnson · · Boulder, CO · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

I think the slab is really only down low, so maybe not quite what you're looking for, but this was the first thing that came to mind.

Full Respect

Malcolm Daly · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 380

Lots of great slab climbing in RMNP.
    Spearhead - Any left side route
    Chiefshead - Any route
    Lumpy Ridge
        Book - Kite Slab, Outlander
        Bookend - Labor of Lust, Climb of the Ancient Mariner
        Bookmark - Skid You Knot

I’m sure there are many others.


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