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Snakes Slab 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Jake Tradiak, Ray Huntsinger 1989
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Submitted By: Matthew Seymour on Apr 1, 2007

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Glyn doing a little top-rope on the Slab. Photo b...


Climb up the center of the slab past five fixed anchors to a bolted belay. It looks thin but the low angle makes it possible.


Located about 60 feet left of Baby Blue just left of a deep sandy recess. It starts behind some bushes up a large fin like protrusion. The route climbs up the slab in the middle of the fin.


5 quickdraws

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Just warming up...
Just warming up...
Renee on TR on Slab 5.8
Renee on TR on Slab 5.8
Armin defeated by The Slab.
Armin defeated by The Slab.
Rambo leading the way up the Slab.   photo by Andy...
Rambo leading the way up the Slab. photo by Andy...
Settin up anchor getting ready to lower
BETA PHOTO: Settin up anchor getting ready to lower

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By Skyler Penrod
Jul 8, 2008

This was my first lead climb. My buddies didn't know that and it was a little nerve racking, but it is a fun climb and I think not a bad intro to smearing on sandstone.
By Jase
From: Travelling
Apr 10, 2010

Great at night.
By Cody Drool
May 21, 2011

Called Snake Slab in the new Moab guide [2011]. Super fun climb but strong for an 8. Pretty positive holds going to first bolt, leading to a slabby finish. Apparently I made it harder by working the side of the arrete, missing a face move that unlocked it [somewhere by the 2nd bolt]. Highish first bolt and classic sand stone moves make this a great Moab route.
By Stan Pitcher
From: SLC, UT
Oct 22, 2012

There is a good large to medium nut placement on the below and left of the first bolt. Put a long sling on it to minimize rope drag above.
By Amir-Ch
From: Moab
Sep 25, 2013

Pretty fun, I had a little sketchy start, but it was alright. It's a great practice for footwork.
By ben jammin
From: Moab, UT
Oct 3, 2013

I thought this was called 'Snake Slab'. Not too bad, actually.
By engineer1984
From: Ogden, UT
Oct 21, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

Really fun / aesthetic slab route to do while you're waiting on other climbs to open up in the area. Not sure why I never see anyone on it.

I gave it an 'R' rating for the high first bolt and the back breaking boulder that you'd be falling towards if you goofed. Not sure about the nut placement as commented above, I've led this twice and any pro would be far left. However, if you're a 5.8 slab leader, look for a placement because a fall would be bad before the first bolt. There are one or two non-trivial moves near the first bolt.

Have fun and cheers!

By Mountain Dreamer
From: Salt Lake City
Feb 23, 2015

Snake's Slab 5.8 PG
1989 Jake Tradiak, Ray Huntsinger
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