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Merman T 
Mugatu T 
Orange-Mocha Frappuccino T 
Prada S 

Fashion Slab Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,200'
Location: 37.37509, -118.68218 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: old5ten on Feb 18, 2014


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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).

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.5 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Fashion Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fashion Slab:
Merman   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Prada   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Finger Jockey   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Finnish Dwarf   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Mugatu   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Catwalk   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Orange-Mocha Frappuccino   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Blue Steel   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Magnum   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Ferrari   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
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Featured Route For Fashion Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo

Le Tigre 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Fashion Slab
Pitch 1, 5.11a. Climb the finger crack and then step left to another thin crack, which is followed to the roof left of the obvious triangular notch. Pull through the roof (crux) and then move up and right to a bolted anchor.Pitch 2, 5.8 PG13. Climb up discontinuous cracks, mostly fingers, to another bolted anchor. The route could be climbed in one long pitch, but the rope drag would probably be terrible....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By butters
From: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Mar 20, 2015
climbed a route on the far left hand side lower down. it was quite dirty with a roof finish. any info on that route?
By Todd Townsend
From: Bishop, CA
Mar 20, 2015
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.
By Phil Esra
May 18, 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.
By Tyler Wick
From: Bishop, CA
Jul 8, 2015
Fun area - the right side is full of great, well bolted sport routes
By Steve Gomez
Oct 7, 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!
By Dave Livingston
Oct 10, 2015
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.
By Todd Townsend
From: Bishop, CA
Oct 13, 2015
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.
By Jeff Scheuerell
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.
By kenr
Aug 6, 2016
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
--> see Photo <-- . . . . . or this photo

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.
By phylp
From: Upland
Aug 8, 2016
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.
By old5ten
From: Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
Nov 14, 2016
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.

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