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 Trad, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Changes in Longitude 5.5 Trad, 2 pitches, 150 feet
Quaker Oats 5.5 Sport, 1 pitch, 95 feet
One for the Road 5.6 Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Mouse Tracks 5.6 Trad, 3 pitches, 200 feet, Grade II
Ego Trip 5.7 PG13 Sport, TR, 90 feet
Cakewalk 5.8 Sport, TR, 90 feet
I Sinkso 5.8 R Trad, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Black Death 5.8+ R Trad, 70 feet
Featured Route For Sven Slab
The Chute 5.4 AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Sven Slab
Easy face climb that can be done as one or two pitches (60m rope required for one 185' pitch). Climb face right of bottom belay. 2 bolts at the beginning, horizontal crack part way up for a cam or nut, then 3 more bolts. A bit run out but climbing is pretty easy (you can place pro over in the gully to the left if you wish). There is a ledge 2/3 up with a crack where you can break it into two pitches. Good belay ledge at the top with nice crack for setting up an anchor, or you may be able util...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ