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The Red Slab

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1976 Crack/chimney 
Bumblies For Breakfast 
Corner, The 
Diamondback 
Fun 'n Games 
Lounge Lizard 
MK '74 
Pink Slip 
Rattle and Scream 
Slip and Slide 
Slip It In 
Snakes For Snacks 
Spring Fever 
Trundelero 
Vapor Trail 
Wicked Game 

The Red Slab 


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Description 

The Red Slab is a lot bigger than it might appear. Nearly all of the routes are a full 85 ft in length. Something like ten years ago Alan Nelson, working with various partners, put in all the routes. Most of the routes are 5.10 with very spacy bolting. On some of these routes you can expect fewer than six clips in 85 ft of climbing. An excellent 5.12b exists as the wall's only test piece. Bring lots of mental cool and you can pick off about a dozen fine pitches on great stone. Best in the earlier hours (during warmer months) since it faces East by South-East.

Also, there are a few traditionally-protected, multi-pitch lines which lie just around the corner to the left.


Getting There 

Three miles up Clear Creek Canyon is a large and generous parking area on the South side of the road and just before the first bridge. The Red Slab is the large East facing formation across the road from the parking. Access the crag via a short scramble just at the bridge abuttment. This picks up a trail with a couple of decoy forks in it. Stay high to avoid tumbling into the creek. The trail will deposit you at the base of The Red Slab about in the middle.


L->R: 

Around the Corner to the left:

A. Fun 'n Games, 9-, 3p, 350', gear & bolt.
B. The Corner, 8+, 4p, 350', gear.

Main crag:

C. Slip It In, 11 PG-13, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.
D. 1976 Crack/chimney, 8, 2p, gear.
E. Bumblies for Breakfast, 10- PG-13, 1p, 85', bolts.
F. Vapor Trail, 9 PG-13, 1p, 85', TR or bolts.
G. Trundelero, 10, 1p, bolts.
H. Wicked Game, 10+ PG-13, 1p, bolts.
I. Spring Fever, 10+, 1p, bolts.
J. Diamondback, 10, 1p, bolts.
K. Pink Slip, 12, 1p, 80', TR or bolts.
LK. Slip and Slide, 10+, 1p, 80', bolts.
M. Lounge Lizard, 10, 1p, 80', bolts.
N. MK '74, 9+ R/X, 1p, 80', TR or funky gear & bolts.
O. Snakes for Snacks, 10- PG-13, 1p, bolts.
P. Rattle and Scream, 10- PG-13, 1p, 60', bolts.
Q. And Now for Something Completely Different, 8 R, 1p, TR or gear.


16 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',3],['5.10',9],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Red Slab:
Vapor Trail   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Bumblies For Breakfast   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Trundelero   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Diamondback   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Lounge Lizard   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Slip and Slide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Pink Slip   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For The Red Slab
Jim Bodenhamer enjoying the day out.

Rattle and Scream 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  CO : Golden : ... : The Red Slab
The route is to the right of Snakes For Snacks. Start up on the platform on the right side of the wall. Like the rest of the wall, the route is full of sustained crimps, edges, and smears. A nice warm up and introduction to the Red Slab. The second bolt is a little bit up there, so it's not a good route for newbie leaders....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Zachary Markis
Apr 12, 2002

I love this crag! Is kind of easy to get lost on your way back to the car, but well worth it! Everything here is over-graded, however, pretty run out. A lot of side pulls and funky footwork. Great spot to climb during the week, after work.

By Paul Hunnicutt
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 4, 2006

Be careful on the short climb up to the trail from the bridge - it is short but an easy place to be complacent and fall...my partner put his rock shoes on.

Also, in addition to the rattlesnakes, we saw a black widow spider walking on the ground- red hourglass and all - at the base of Trundelero. We moved it far far away from the climbs, but be on the lookout.

I would also advise wearing a helmet while climbing AND belaying. There is still plenty of loose rock and I had to dodge a few today. Also some of the bolts are a tad bit spaced out so if you are climbing near your limit take care. See the comments for Rattle and Scream if you think that wearing a helmet at the base of a "sport" crag isn't cool.

A good crag, especially if you enjoy sidepull, balancy, 5.10+ slab work.