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Slip and Slide 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Alan Nelson and Kurt Smith, 1990
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on May 1, 2001

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Slip and Slide begins just left of the little ramp on the right side of The Red Slab. Bee line up to the anchors on a lot of 5.10 climbing. I was never quite sure if this route had any distinct crux. It seems a bit harder to start, but the moves are fairly uniform overall. There is a little left traverse at bolt 5 that seems a bit reachy. Other than that, just stay on your feet and enjoy some Ol-Fashioned-Slabbin on Alan's beefy bolts. Good stone, good clipping stances, lots of fun moves. Slip and Slide does not seem as spooky as some of the routes on the left side of the crag, It also shares an anchor with Pink Slip and this anchor is well positioned to top rope both routes. Two stars for continuity, bullet proof stone, and the good climbing.


QD only. This 85 foot route needs 7 - 8 draws and something for the double bolt anchor at the top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Excellent slab climbing!
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By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Aug 24, 2001

Great Route! Finally climbed it yesterday. Thanks Alan for the new bolt as the runout up to the first bolt had kept me off this for years. I'd argue for 3 stars (or more). It's definitely the best 5.10 on the wall.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Mar 5, 2002

Best route on the crag.
By Anonymous Coward
Aug 8, 2003

The third bolt (I think) before a serious runout is a spinner. If you don't want to run it out between a few of the higher bolts, take a few small to medium nuts (sorry can't remember the exact sizes I used) and a yellow Alien or something of equivalent size (you'll know when to use it). I placed the Alien and two nuts from comfortable stances. Agree that this is the best route on the crag - more sustained (with exception of "[Pink Slip]") that the others. Classic face moves on beautiful, unbroken rock.
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Jan 10, 2004

Unless I'm wrong, "and I'm never wrong", that looks like Jim Garber in the photograph - slummin' if I know this guy. Jim may be the only guy who can climb 5.13 just like he climbs 5.7, slooow and steady !
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Jun 9, 2009

Definetly the best 5.10 on the wall but don't expect closely spaced bolts.
By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Mar 7, 2010

Me being me, I placed 6 pieces of gear--a red Camalot and a micro cam around the 3rd bolt, a couple of pieces higher, and two small wires at the last moves. I ended up in that "alcove" with the old bolt and had to make a 10 long step left to get back on line. Is that the route? The description mentions a reachy traverse left. Climbing straight up looked pretty hard, and the holds led up and right.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 7, 2010

Ivan. I have done the same regarding the additional pro between bolts. Glad I am not the only one. I am pretty sure when Alan put these lines up he may have done similar, as these were equipped on lead! What a stud.
By mountainhick
From: Black Hawk, CO
Apr 25, 2014
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13

A rare route in CCC, really solid at the grade, and with engaging runouts! Seemed like true 5.10d-5.10+, continuous and committing in the 5.10 range. Not really PG-13, but compared to the usual CCC close bolting is a bit on the PG side if unlike Ivan you go with only draws.
Oct 26, 2014

You can definitely get away without any gear besides the QDs, and the falls wouldn't be too far. The runouts are over at-least slightly easier climbing.
By Mark E Dixon
From: Sprezzatura, Someday
Jun 4, 2017

One of the extraneous quicklinks at the anchor is stuck in the open position Don't do anything foolish like clip into it, use the Mussy hooks instead.

I'll take a heavy wrench and some WD 40 up and remove it when it cools off in the fall....unless somebody beats me to it.
By Bruce Hildenbrand
Jun 4, 2017

Sometimes it is much easier to use a hacksaw to cut it off.

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