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Left Slab 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Perin Blanchard on Apr 22, 2007

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near the top of left slab (5.7)

RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>


Very mellow sandstone slab climb with plenty of handholds. Starts out and goes most of the way on bare sandstone with gradually increasing varnish from about half way.

There are some hollow sounding areas, particularly to the right, so if you weigh in at 250, you might want to only delicately yard on the holds.


This is on the left side of the Ice Cream Parlor area. If the anchors above the left corner 5.6 crack are anchor #1, then this route climbs to anchor #4 (from the left). (There are another couple of anchors to the left of the slab area, but let's not complicate things). It is just left of a broken depression in the slab area.


5 bolts to hanger-and-ring anchors.

Photos of Left Slab Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of Left Slab with all clips visible
Top of Left Slab with all clips visible
Rock Climbing Photo: Eleven-year-old Ethan clipping the first bolt.
Eleven-year-old Ethan clipping the first bolt.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ethan nearing the fourth bolt.
Ethan nearing the fourth bolt.
Rock Climbing Photo: Left Slab 5.7
BETA PHOTO: Left Slab 5.7

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By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Apr 22, 2007

I was told by another climber at Ice Cream Parlor that this route is 5.7. I thought it was a little easier than what I'm used to at 5.7; your mileage may vary.
By Josh Cameron
From: California in my Mind
Jun 12, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Felt 5.6 to me. Doesn't have as distinct of a crux as Black Slab, but overall felt like it had better quality movement. Might be a little heady for a 5.6 leader to get to the first bolt, but the holds are all there.
By optikal Freeman
From: SLC, UT
Sep 28, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Felt 5.6 to me too. No real apparent crux
By William Thiry
From: Lakewood, CO
Feb 16, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

5.7 may be a fair rating for a move or two near the 1st/2nd bolt, but otherwise a nice mellow warm-up climb.

Stepping up to the anchors is the real crux. A tall guy like me can easily reach up and clip in a quickdraw or slip the rope into the cold shuts, but stepping up to rig up a rappel requires a move more difficult than a 5.7 unless you grab the chains. A shorter person will find reaching the anchors to be the crux move.
By Tony Pag
Aug 12, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

As of August 2016 this route has mussy hooks at the top.

We both thought it was a bit easier but more fun than Black Slab.

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