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Ben trying to solve the tricky moves of Beta Slave...
Start 10 feet left of the large, black, water streak. Move up on some pockets to a small ledge. The crux is moving up and left to the next small ledge via a thin flake. It has delicate moves, a tricky sequence, and inobvious holds.
5 QDs to 2 cold shuts.
Ben off route (hint-try left of the bolts). Fritz ...
near the top...
Richard Wright took this picture of me on the FFA,...
Tara leading Beta Slave. Jenny belaying.
Tara Reed approaching the crux on Beta Slave
BETA PHOTO: Jen working the route
|By Darin Lang|
Jul 24, 2001
Fun and tricky climb, and a most appropriate route name. Harder, IMO, than Morning Glory (10d) on the other side of the canyon. The bolt protecting the crux move spins a bit and, after what must be countless 10-15 footers (I'm responsible for several), could probably use replacement. Does anyone know whether bolt replacement (same hole) is allowed at Castlewood?
|By Anonymous Coward|
Aug 17, 2001
Climbed this route on 8/16/01. After finishing off other 5.11's in the area on this ady, we thought to do this route to end the evening. I think there must be something missing from the route now, as the move above the 3rd bolt is quite hard, and I would say much harder than 5.10c (IMHO), perhaps more like 11b/c ?? Perhaps a key hold is missing from the route, as there are some bright, non weathered marks directly above 3rd bolt to the 4th. If anyone has any information, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
|By Mike Lane|
From: Centennial, CO
Nov 23, 2002
Not that it matters, since we all TR'd this thing to death as the warm up while developing the other routes on this wall; but I was the bolter, namer and FFA, followed by Richard Wright. And as such, I will shortly replace the spinner crux bolt. I didn't mean to install an auto 10-footer; I just felt that with the balancing involved with gliding thru the crux a clip would be the real crux.
|By Darin Lang|
Apr 7, 2003
I didn't mean to suggest that the route was poorly bolted. I'd say, in fact, that it is perfectly bolted. The fall from the crux is safe and clean, and being above your gear just a tad while pulling the crux moves adds immeasurably to the fun quotient. Well done.
Jan 2, 2004
Cool and varied climb! One of the funnest in the area... kind of zig-zags to the top (especially if you traverse far right 20 ft up...)