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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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Always & Forever 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Sven Slab
Always & Forever, encapsulates this granite flake spire's ominous feeling. The opening moves off the deck are powerful, delicate, and slightly mysterious in nature. Moving through a series of crimps and side pulls you will encounter the crux proper. High steps and core tension are the name of the game with finger stack crimps to the elusive "jug" crimp. Finally the route connects back into easier slab climbing, run-out, on Hippity Hop....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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