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Friction Face Panty Waist 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Danny Meyers, Brad Stewart 1989
Season: Fall-Spring
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Submitted By: TomCaldwell on Apr 4, 2011

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Panty waist, about here your looking for a rest

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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.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mantling up thru the mid-section, feels thin but t...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Friction Face Panty Waist
Friction Face Panty Waist
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at "Frictiony Face Panty Waist&quo...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mary using her friction skills.
Mary using her friction skills.
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Mary showing that this face requires some good foo...

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By Cunning Linguist
Nov 2, 2011

The first bolt is a retrobolt, skip it for some historical perspective.
By Floridaputz
From: Oakland Park, Florida
Nov 22, 2012

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.
By Tom Lausch
From: Madison WI
Apr 28, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

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.
By skelldify
Nov 24, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

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.
By Vince Buffalini
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Jan 1, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

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
By Rico Tan
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Dec 28, 2016
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

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.

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