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Commitment to Excrement (aka Giuoco Piano) S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Eat My Shorts S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Friction Face Panty Waist S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Galloping Gal S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Graveyard Waltz S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Nevada Book T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Plastic People S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Red Heat T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Running Man T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Spikes and Twine T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Split Ends S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Split Infinitive S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Split Lip T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Synthetic Society S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Vile Pile T,S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Yodritch T,S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Danny Meyers, Brad Stewart 1989
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Shared By: TomCaldwell on Apr 4, 2011
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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details


Friction Face is a sustained and exciting slab climb. There are multiple difficult sections with very few positive holds to rest on. The bolts are well spaced to make this a spicy, but safe lead. This climb faces south and requires a good amount of friction, so save it for those cooler days.

From a nice belay ledge, climb straight up clipping a bolt and begin to trend up and left. Clip a few more bolts and head straight up through a varnished section of rock. Some of the varnish is questionable, so use caution. Pull over a ledge and your at the anchors.

Note, there is another set of anchors to the left in a right facing corner, this is for another climb. You should climb straight up after the last bolt. It also seems that this climb may have "sprouted" a retro bolt.


If you are heading up towards the Running Man wall, you take the 3rd/4th scramble up the slabs, this is directly above that approach. When you top out the stemming move from the scramble and reach the Running Man platform, bee line straight up to the face. You will notice a short un-aesthic right facing dihedral just to the left of this climb and bolts on a red face. This is about 50yds to climbers left of the climb Running Man. A single 60m rope will get you down.


All bolts. Handren book suggests 6 bolts, but there are definitely 7. Fixed rap anchors on top of a sloping ledge.
Rico Tan
Las Vegas, Nevada
Rico Tan   Las Vegas, Nevada
Maybe because I was wearing tight downturned painful shoes... this route somehow felt harder than the 10c slab at Panty wall , and also more heady. YMMV. Dec 28, 2016
Vince Buffalini
Las Vegas, Nevada
Vince Buffalini   Las Vegas, Nevada
Great sustained slab climb on delicate feet and small crimps and slopes. Remember to follow a seam up and left after the 2nd bolt. took a nice whip trying to climb up directly under the 3rd bolt, which leaves you in a thin spot Jan 1, 2015
Felt pretty friggin' sandbagged at 5.8+. We spent 4 days at Red Rocks and climbed routes from 5.8 to 5.12, and this one was harder than anything up to 10-. Somewhat run-out with a few of the hangers being spinners made it spicy, too. True friction slab climbing. First route we did at Red Rocks. Nov 24, 2014
Tom Lausch
Madison WI
Tom Lausch   Madison WI
One of the best slab climbs in RR. Sustained hut doable for the grade. Either the closer anchor or the higher up one. The route is the same. Must do. Apr 28, 2013
Oakland Park, Florida
Floridaputz   Oakland Park, Florida
Another great slab climb. No rests on this one it's sustained. But nicely bolted. I think this climb, ultraman, head case, white slab and lotta balls offer a great education in slab climbing in the 5.8 range in RR. Nov 22, 2012
The first bolt is a retrobolt, skip it for some historical perspective. Nov 2, 2011