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School Room Slabs 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Jason Doherty on Apr 27, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: The various routes on school room slabs.

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  • Description 

    School Room Slabs offers four TR climbs on Potash Road with an easy 4th class scramble to the anchors. Most of the routes are in the 5.4-5.5 range, although a couple of variations at the start of some of these climbs can provide a little more of a challenge while still on TR.

    If you have a small trad rack, you can also lead a short crack to the left of the tree where the 4th class scramble to the top is located. This is a super fun 5.5/5.6 lead (60ft) with bolted anchors and you can easily TR this after you lead it. This was our group's favorite route.

    This area is highly recommended for kids, newbies and large groups of gym climbers who happen to be in the area for the weekend and want to get in a few hours climbing. We managed to get a group of 8 on three routes each in under 3 hours.


    Drive down Potash Road from town and pass the Jaycee campground. School Room slabs are near the start of Wall Street, at the second pullout on the right after the campground. The main section of Wall Street starts immediately after these slabs. The anchors are reached by a 4th class scramble directly above the lone tree near the middle of the slabs to a ledge at the top of the climbs. I'd wear climbing shoes for this scramble if you're not used to desert rock.


    Two bolt anchors at the top of each route.

    Light rack of nuts or cams to lead the short 5.5ish crack to the left of the tree. Green alien to a #2 or #3 camalot.

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    By Petsfed
    From: Laramie, WY
    May 3, 2006

    There's a super cool, if difficult TR on the far right side of the school room topropes. Its just right of a tree and liebacks up a right arching wide crack, then turns a roof on slopers. 5.11?
    By Davy Ness
    From: Golden, CO
    Apr 6, 2009

    There are two fun routes right of the school room area. The first is mentioned, the second is a thin tips-crack. I don't think either route is harder than 5.10 but they certainly are challenging and fun.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Apr 19, 2010

    I think I pissed some guy off when I got off from leading the thin crack mentioned above and guessed at 5.8.

    I dunno, maybe easier, maybe harder. A lot of fun either way! I remember placing ball nutz....
    By AOSR
    From: Wherever we park!
    May 17, 2010

    of those two routes to the right mentioned i led the thin tips crack one. it wasn't too hard, maybe 9? but definitely R as the crack disappears about half way up leaving a spicy runout to the top. don't fall there or you'll deck. anyone know the name?
    By CJ Coccia
    From: Denver, CO
    May 19, 2010

    was just there a couple days ago and it seems several more anchors have been added for adding top ropes...i can remember a good 6 or 7 right off hand. my group did the thin tips crack mentioned previously that you can find on the right side of the area described here. really really fun and diverse moves throughout the entire route.
    By Cragophilia
    Mar 24, 2011

    We climbed a bunch of these routes. I just didnt find the supposed 5.10 in the middle to be that hard. My projection was 5.8+. Then I thought some of the 5.4s and 5.5s seemed a little harder, more like 5.6. I dont know, but that 5.10 sure felt easy. The guidebook we had called it 5.9, that seems more accurate to me.
    By jared jaynes
    Apr 3, 2012

    Nice place for beginners and wife's for sure there is a tree on the left at the base... scrabble from there... pretty hot after noon so get there earlier,,, new sport route to the right of the 5.7 on the picture,,, not sure what is rated start is little tough since the bolt is so high might want to start of the top of your car or stick clip it....
    By Jamespio Piotrowski
    Mar 26, 2014
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    The "easy 4th class scramble" is a little challenging, especially for a place called "school room slab." I watched three different people climb it three different ways. Use a little caution. And once you're up and have set a TR, have a blast, this is a fun slab and a great intro to sandstone friction climbing.
    By Daniel Slosky
    Nov 12, 2014

    The far right 5.5 and 5.7 were pretty fun, and the 5.10 (5.9 in the Falcon Guide) was okay. There's a nice rock feature over to the right, but mostly these are just friction climbs.

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