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Roll the Bones 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Ray Dahl, Paul Hodges 1991
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Submitted By: Eric Jacobsen on Jun 15, 2003

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Tosh Peters on Lead Photo: Rocky Maloney


This is the right-most route on the main face of the Slips crag, visible from the road. Fun edge moves up a sloped quartzite face. There may be a queue to get on this route on nice weekend afternoons.


Six bolts to a double chain anchor at chest level above a very comfortable ledge. Well protected.

Photos of Roll the Bones Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rising like smoke
Rising like smoke
Rock Climbing Photo: Steps at base of rolling bones
Steps at base of rolling bones
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocky Maloney on Top Rope Photo: Max Peters
Rocky Maloney on Top Rope Photo: Max Peters
Rock Climbing Photo: The four popular moderate routes at the Salt Lake ...
BETA PHOTO: The four popular moderate routes at the Salt Lake ...
Rock Climbing Photo: My first lead climb.
My first lead climb.

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 16, 2004

Rated the same as Italian Arete (5.6), this one is more difficult and foot dependent. Thinner hand holds and plenty of edging. The diagonal crack 1/2 way up is helpful. Pre-clip the first draw for safety -- the bottom part of the route is slabby.
By icsteveoh
From: salt lake city, UT
Aug 14, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

My first sport lead, definitely a heady first lead because of the edging and crimps great fun none the less
By Rebecca Airmet
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 14, 2006

This is a great place to take new leaders or new climbers because the falls are really clean. Great place to learn to use those feet!
By Lee Gitlin
Sep 3, 2006

Completely different climbing than Italian Arete. Roll the bones is an easy face climb, with much smaller holds and different technique required (e.g. remembering where you just had your hands, since that will become your best foot placement).

Took my daughter (age 19) here for her third-ever climbing experience. We first climbed Italian Arete, then Roll the Bones. She found the route easier than Italian Arete, perhaps because it is less steep.
By Seth Reelitz
From: Utah
Aug 15, 2013
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Hanger on the 1st bolt wiggles a little bit, not quite spinning.
By Wic
From: Rio Rancho, New Mexico
May 4, 2014
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I completely agree with Rebecca Airmet! Good climb for beginners, good climb for relying on feet and for learning the value of a good crimp! I enjoyed this area and will go back again!
By Michael Wilson
Mar 9, 2015

1st bolt is spinning. I'm willing to help switch it out, as I'd like to learn. I'm fairly available, too, being a wilderness therapy guide.
By Jordan f. Rowell
Nov 9, 2016

Both my partner and I agree that this climb is more difficult than the Italian Arete and even Maudlin (5.7). It's much thinner than those two, but good fun!

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