REI Community
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Bed of Nails T 
Black Widow Hollow T 
Bloodline T 
C11H17NO3 T 
Cat in the Hat T 
Cat in the Phat T 
Centerfold T 
Chasing Shadows T 
Cookie Monster T 
Crunchy Cat T 
Dark Shadows T 
Dark Shadows (Full) T 
Deep Space T 
Edge Dressing T,S 
Excellent Adventure T 
Extra Credit T 
Heart of Darkness T 
Left of Disco T,S 
Mescalito - Original Route T 
Mescalito - South Face T 
Negro Blanco T 
Next Century, The T 
OB Button T 
Parental Guidance T 
Pauligk Pillar T 
Pauline's Pentacle T 
Peyote Power T 
Pine Nuts T 
Rabbit's Arete T 
Risky Business T 
Sandstone Sandwich T,S 
Short Circuit T 
Slot Machine T 
Splitting Hares T 
This Ain't No Disco T,S 
Too Many Tantrums T 
Unknown (Thing 1) T 
Walker Spur, The T 
Wasp, The T 
Welcome to Red Rocks T 
When A Stranger Calls T 
Y2K T 

Slot Machine 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Bob Conz, Sal Mamusia- July 1990
Page Views: 3,280
Submitted By: J. Thompson on Mar 13, 2004

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (35)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
A French Canadian cruisin

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


This route start as for Dark shadows up the 5.5 slab past 2 bolts, when you reach the left angling ramp of DS head right towards a thin, steep, crack up a varnished face.

The climbing is similiar to the second pitch of Risky business, as is the pro. There is more gear then you think and it always shows up when you need it.

A very good route.

Descent: Rap with 2 ropes.


SR include RP's and maybe 2 sets of small cams

Photos of Slot Machine Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe following the upper face on Slot Machine.
Joe following the upper face on Slot Machine.
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe at the last cruxy moves to the anchor...
Joe at the last cruxy moves to the anchor...
Rock Climbing Photo: The route...
The route...

Comments on Slot Machine Add Comment
Show which comments
By Cpn Dunsel
Mar 5, 2005
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Great route that rewards small fingers at the crux "slot". Good gear, no reason to get hurt, but some spicy moves above the crux make for a good heart pumper. A lesser-gem that is a must-do for the 5.10 Red Rock leader. Only one rope is needed to get down. One rap to the first pitch anchor on Shadows then another short rtap into the stream.....
From: Boise, ID
Oct 27, 2008
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

This is a good one! Good holds and stances appear when in doubt. I used small nuts and tcu's on the headwall part. Didn't need the brass.
By GabeO
From: New Haven, CT
May 10, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13

Definitely got my heart pumping! And I definitely was happy to have my brassies along.
By GabeO
From: New Haven, CT
May 10, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13

Oh, and calling this a finger crack, or as the Handren guide says, a "tips crack" is just ridiculous. Ther is like *one* (maybe two) finger locks. It's a seam/crack for protection, and 99.99% face climbing.
By Mitch Musci
From: Estes Park, CO
Oct 19, 2011

This is a wonderful pitch with an emphasis on skillful rp placements. I brought dmm offset brassies 1-5, and bd micronuts 2-5, and placed most of them. It seemed like half the placements were bomber, while the other half were decent. A fairly heady lead on sandstone...granted, the stone on this pitch is high quality. The movement is excellent and sustained at the grade, with only a couple of good rests. A very memorable climb!
By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 18, 2013
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

I was very happy to have brass and microcams for this seam with occasional thin crack moves. Think I placed 10 on the pitch and glad for everyone. The crux moves were right off the smallest gear.
By SNevadaClimbersCoalition
Apr 15, 2017

4/15/2017 ....The Southen Neveda Climbers Coalition with support from ASCA preformed some route maintenance on Slot Machine. Both old anchor bolts were removed and replaced with Powers SS 1/2 x 2 3/4, 5 Piece Bolts and ASCA Hangers.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · Contact · About