BETA PHOTO: Black- Phhht. Red- Leaning Seam. Blue- North Slab.
This large, west-facing section of ridgeline is home to a handful of pleasant, easy slab problems that, rather than requiring power and commitment like the Mental Block
or Eliminator Boulder
, test balance and grace. The problems themselves are fairly short, their challenging moves over after about 12 feet where a horizontal break in the wall marks the end of the slab and the beginning of a slightly steeper, juggy section of wall. Edge right along this break to reach the downclimb, or, for full value, top out on the good holds of the upper section. Of course, Big Egos, Little Dicks
is bit of an exception to this rule; starting with a powerful overhanging section, this challenging line traverses around the northwest corner of the slab, rather than up it's west face. A couple fun up-and-overs have been contrived out of the start to this traverse - these begin on the overhang and head up the arete and west face.
The base of the slab has been gardened just enough to fit a crash pad beneath the problems; remember to keep your impact on the flora minimal. Also, it's not uncommon to see sightseers or students camped out on top of the wall enjoying the views of the reservoir and front range, be sure to share this pleasant space amicably.
Head north through the parking lot to where the mountain bike trails hit the pavement. Walk along these trails for 75 yards past several broken sections of ridgeline until you notice a prow that extends northwest from the ridge; this is the top of the North Slab.
Weather station 1.6 miles from here
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Approach the North Slab (which faces west) from the top about 50 yards north of the north parking lot. Scramble down to the base from the south. On the right side of the slab, right of "Leaning Seam" and "North Slab" are two more incipient vertical seams. A scattering of marginal holds will test your concentration and footwork as you climb past these. It's over much too soon, however. Traverse off right or wander to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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