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Sven Slab, so named because a Sven saw was used to cut the original trail up to the wall, is probably the most popular granite climbing location near Phoenix after Pinnacle Peak. This is the place to hone those sturdy foot muscles on thin granite crystal and edge climbing. The main wall is home to several nice moderate outings, while the outrigger crag down to the right features some additional harder lines.
Drive south from the intersection of 128th street and Dynamite Road/Rio Verde Drive until you get to a "T", make a left and drive east (high clearance required!!!) until you reach the parking area below Sven Slab. It is possible to drive to the upper area and park there if you want to put your vehicle through it's paces and skip the two minutes it takes to walk up the hill.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sven Slab:
The Crawl of the Wild 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Quaker Oats 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Changes in Longitude 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Mouse Tracks 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
One for the Road 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Ego Trip 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Sport, TR, 90'
Cakewalk 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR, 90'
I Sinkso 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Black Death 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad, 70'
Nit Nat 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 90'
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One for the Road 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Sven Slab
A really fun route on the looker's left end of Sven Slab. It's an obvious right leaning crack going up the left wall of a gully. Longer than it looks. A very enjoyable pitch, with a crux or two, bomber gear, great easy crack climb. Belay from a tree on a big ledge. A guidebook described a 2nd, pitch, it didn't look worth doing. A quick scramble up and to the right puts you on the ridge and a nice summit. Walk climber's left from the ledge and scramble back to the base to get down. ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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