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Slot Machine 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Steve Hong, 1985
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Submitted By: Rob Dillon on Sep 28, 2003

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Tony Bubb follows 'Slot Machine (12-)' at Resevoir...

Portions of Reservoir Wall are on private land and should not be climbed. MORE INFO >>>


Just right of the giant slumped block by Pente, about 25 feet of facey climbing protected by a bolt accesses a long acute dihedral with a tight-hands crack in the back-- the Slot Machine. Exiting the crack at the top is probably the crux, as one is forces to battle rope drag and sandy feet while underclinging around the roof closing off the top of the dihedral. We found the Slot Machine to be sustained and strenuous, but hardly 5.12 as described in the Knapp guide. Placque at base. Good anchors.


Many green juniors or 2" Friends, numerous red camalots, light assorted stuff for the bottom.

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Finishing off Slot Machine, in style (?)!
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By TuffGong
Dec 2, 2003

I thought 12a was the consensus. Again, and always, the desert fits everyone differently.
By Max Schon
Dec 3, 2003

5.11? If Slot Machine is 5.11, then Pente is 5.10. This climb definitetly deserves a 5.12- rating if only for the pump factor.
By Josh Beck
May 1, 2004
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Awesome route. Hard 5.11. No move on the the route harder than 5.10+, the business is probably endurance / tenacity through the .5-.75 terrain.
By d-know
From: electric lady land
Jan 26, 2006
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

cool start, hard on the pants.
definately solid 11+.
more technical but less pumpy than quater of a man
By misterclimberman
Mar 7, 2006
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

i did this thing when it was like 10 degrees, and at that time it felt solid 12-. i dont know if it was the weather.
By Lon Black
Apr 11, 2006

The protection requirements have changed since part of the leaning pillar broke off. Instead of a ton of #1 Camalots, you need maybe 5 #1s and 6 #2s. Also, take a two foot trad draw for the first bolt, then you can protect the first part of the open book with a black Alien, then a 0.3 Camalot, a couple yellow Aliens, a couple red Aliens, maybe 3 0.75 Camalots.

My buddy let me borrow a knee pad for my left knee. Use that and a left knee bar behind your right foot for probably half of the route. Doing that led to a concensus in our group that the route was maybe solid 11 (11c) or so.
By herb crimp
Aug 1, 2007

The crack is wider now. The pillar is slowly falling away and climbers will notice that their grabers fit into the crack way more than they used to.
By mike1
Aug 15, 2007

If you look at the required gear listed in the old guide book it documents that the crack was smaller. Now to easy. Terrible route. I will never do it again. I am going to be presumptious and speak for everyone else and say they should not do it eithier.
By Clay Rardon
From: Bartow, WV
Feb 17, 2008
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

I'll agree with anyone who says 11+ or 12-... with 12- being the high range of what I have ever been comfortable leading at the creek, and I thought this was tough in 2004. If it has broken, such is the way of sandstone, I hope people play lightly in the desert, even the stones are fragile.
By Timmy! Tormey
From: Fakeville, USA
Mar 12, 2008

We arrived at the res wall one day to hear the sound of sand flowing down the back of this route... and then we didn't climb it... I wouldn't recommend fissure grippin' this piece of mountain, but despite my better judgment I'll probably do it again. I mean some very unlucky person *might die on this if it fell, but what are the odds it's going to be you?!
By Rob Dillon
Oct 12, 2008

Yeah, but think of the glory!
By Jay 1975
From: Colorado
Sep 14, 2009

there is a rumor that the crack has widened to #2 cams? yikes, this wall is falling apart! example: Gurhka's right wall falling off!!!
By Max Tepfer
From: Bend, OR
Oct 4, 2010

Grade: Definitely in the 11+ range. On this trip I one-hanged Slot Machine along with very, very many routes of various sizes whose ratings are pretty consolidated at 11+.

Gear: The most recent edition of the Bloom guide gives bad gear beta. It says take a bunch (I forget how many) of 2.5s and explicitly states that #1 Camalots work better than 2.5 friends. As stated above, this is wrong and 3 #1s should be adequate followed by as many #2s as you want for 40' of #2s. (note: the #2s were open, but not tipped out and 2.5 friends didn't work anywhere)

Rock: Sounds like there's been some relatively recent geologic activity here. That being said, the rock feels as solid as any other route we did this trip (and definitely more solid than some) and, while it probably will fall of some day (like every rock everywhere) this route is not to be missed despite it. Enjoy.
By GabeO
From: New Haven, CT
Mar 26, 2012
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13

Just an update for spring of 2012 - no change from previous ascent notes. Still starts small and gets up to #2 camalots for the last 35 feet or so. It actually pinches back down to 2.5 friends just before the roof (big #1 camalot). And then if you have the equivalent of a #2.5 camalot, it's nice to protect the roof at the top. As far as grades are concerned, I thought this was way easier than quarter of a man. Stellar route though. Hope it doesn't fall off.
By Sam Perkins
From: Rexburg, ID
Oct 7, 2012
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

Whether or not the pillar is pulling away, this is still a noticeably difficult crack. It's not the section that's now the perfect hand size that's even hard anyways. It's the super technical and/or awkward sections before that, e.g., (for me) the C4 0.4-0.5 section in the middle of it all.
By Nelson Day
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 21, 2013

Plaque at the bottom says .12-, which was what the FA party gave it.
By slim
Nov 18, 2013
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

great route. bloom's guide says the grade is extremely hand sized dependent, but i don't really agree. it has everything from tight fingers to biggish hands - everybody will have a good size, and everybody will have a bad size.

really small gear (black, blue alien) to get to the bolt, a few each from tight fingers to off fingers, and fairly heavy on #1 and #2 camalots up at the top.

super fun!
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