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Routes in Ridge 2 aka Satan's Slab

666 T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
667 T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
Burger Madness T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Doric Dihedral T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b R
Enchanted Devil T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R
Face The Present (aka Beware the Future) S 5.13c/d 8b 31 X 31 E8 7a
Far Out T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Hobbit, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Omen, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Purgatory T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Satan's Slab T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Wild Turkey T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X
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Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: T. Bubb, C. Parks, P. Spindloe, 1/26/03
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Shared By: Tony B on Jan 25, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Once you reach the "Satan's Slab" of Ridge 2 of Skunk Canyon, hike and scamble further west to its back side, going north of a boulder that chokes the stream. After perhaps 100 yards, you can turn right and hike up the back side fo this ridge. The rock is junky and blocked by huge roofs at first, but it gets better as you go up. You will pass several bolted lines, and then after as much as 400 yards of walking, you will come to an area where the gully between the 2nd and 3rd ridge becomes narrow. A branch in the gully from this point runs up and right, cutting through the 2nd ridge. Just below this in the main gully, an big dead pine stump, less most of its branches, is snapped off about 30' off of the ground. (that tree has since fallen) This is near the base of the climb, "Burger Madness."

Waypoint: N39 58.731 W105 17.533

Look up on the back of Ridge 2 from the base of the dead, broken pine trunk and see a 4" crack, some 10' off the ground. This section is only long enough for one gear placement on which to protect the overhang it cuts through. From there, there are some thin-fingers and edges to climb to an OW-Fist-hand crack, perhaps 40' off of the ground. The OW has nearby jugs and stemming and so no real OW technique is necessary for an ascent. There is also a crack within the crack which makes this protectable with a 3-3.5" cam (wide hands to fist). Climb up this and grab some jugs and undeclings to beat the bulge before establishing yourslef of the taipering crack. Climb a little more to a tiny pine tree, where you can either dodge right (as done on lead on the FA) or climb "through it" as was done by the second. Easier ground with sparse pro leads to a broken ledge, after 60-70' of climbing, in all.

Belay from a sling on a huge corner up and to climber's left, and good stoppers in a "niche" up and to climber's right.

The route has seen a "prelininary" cleaning but is still lichened at the top. More cleaning/brushing would be good. The moves are stellar, and the route is reasonably protected. I rated this 5.10 to allow for your interpretation. It felt like a solid traditional 5.10a to me, although it is harder than several 5.10c routes I have done in the flats. Your mileage may vary.

To descend, scramble down and to climber's right to the trunk of a massive pine tree. Lower off of the anchor, which is presently bomber- rope, webbing and rings. Watch out for a large flake just above the tree and for the poison ivy which fills the gully below.


On the FA: one #10 hex to protect the opening moves (to save my big cam for the crux) a #3 stopper behind it for backup. Then a #7 stopper before arriving at the main crack- the main crack was protected on a #3.5, and #4 Camalot. The #4 was very near the #3.5 and was not necessary. A #3 or #2 is placed high (#2 is higher, and better).

Rack I would take next time: after cleaning the dirt from the fingerlocks above the opening overhang, it became obvious that several small TCUs would be bomber. Take the following: Camalots #2-4 (including 3.5) but place the #4 in the opinging move. TCUs from tiny to first knuckle. 1 set of stoppers. The top belay was good by slinging a huge boulder with a 20' cordalette and a few #8-10 DMM Wallnuts (large nuts).



Hmmm, I'm thinking there were extra mushrooms on that burger to warrant 3 stars for this route. Basically a long poison ivy bushwhack to a route that looks about 20 feet tall (of which about 5 feet is really climbing). Then, good luck getting off without burying your rope in poison ivy. We rapped off a slight horn (climber's right towards the top of the route), as it was above the least amount of PI. I was tempted to give it a bomb, but the 5 feet of climbing was pretty good. Sep 26, 2011
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
Hey Lamont,
I'm not of the opinion that anyone should have to agree with a rating, but if it helps to know, the normal approach is probably to do Satan's Slab and then rap off of that to this route, which is right by the base of the rap.
3/4 posters prior to you gave it 3 stars... and there are 2 cruxes in the 60' with no "gimmie" territory. Are you sure you did the right route? Sep 26, 2011

We hiked up from below. If you rapped in from SS, you would have to be careful/lucky about not dropping the rope into the PI. It was thick. Like machete thick.

Sure we did the right line. I was just really bummed when we got up there and it was so short, especially as the pictures make it look longer and steeper. It seemed like there was maybe a 5.9 move getting situated in the wide part, mostly trying not to weight a fragile looking left foot hold. Then one move to a locker hand jam and more low angle climbing. Not sure where the 2nd crux was (?).

My assessment was just trying to bring some objectivity to it, I know that FA folks are often pretty optimistic. :) Sep 26, 2011
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
PI is super-thick this year up Skunk Canyon. I don't think I've ever seen it so healthy. Sep 26, 2011

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