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The South Slabs

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Aunt Edna's Costume Jewelry T,S 
Bad Boys Bolt T 
Beer for Breakfast T 
Between Nothingness and Eternity T,S 
Birdland T 
Black Market T 
Blackstreak TR 
Dirty Love T 
Fun Flake T 
Funkativity T 
Go Spuds Go T 
Good Girls Don't T 
Grey Rat Rocksicle T 
Jazzman (a.k.a. Turdland) T,S 
Shadow Dance S 
Slab Happy S 
Sugar Mountain T 
Two Minds Meet T 
Wigs on Fire T,S 
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The South Slabs 


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The South Slabs.

Description 

As one approaches Greyrock on the Summit Trail, the South Slabs are the first area to come into view, appearing as a large, smooth section of rock amidst more broken areas. Two tiers of slabs offer fun climbing, both bolt- and gear-protected. Be wary on the slab routes, as some are 'traditionally bolted,' and will provide an experience quite different from sport climbing elsewhere in the Poudre Canyon.

Fun routes on solid granite ranging from 5.5 to 5.12 ascend this centerpiece of Greyrock climbing.

Per lubbo: nearly all the bolts appear to have been chopped.


Getting There 

Hike the Greyrock Summit trail for a stiff 2.5 miles to its intersection with the Meadows trail near a bench, where two rock outcroppings are visible to the north. Leave the trail and pass between these, continuing on as the crow flies to the base of the South Slab. A natural line of passage will likely deposit you directly beneath the lowest part of the slab, near Two Minds Meet and Aunt Edna's Costume Jewelry.

One exception to this entry is Go Spuds Go, which in fact ascends a boulder located near the southernmost tip of the Greyrock massif. Anyone making the hike to seek out this offwidth problem shouldn't have much trouble sighting the wide, overhanging crack. It's visible to the north from the summit trail a short half-mile or so from the bench.


Descent 

A 70 meter rope is highly recommended for rappelling off routes on the Lower Tier of the South Slabs - be careful, however - many of these routes are ~125 feet long or slightly more, and will require a bit of downclimbing at the end of your rappel. Utilizing the walk-off gully to climber's left (skiier's right) is recommended.

For Upper Tier routes ending at anchors, a 60 meter rope is generally sufficient. Some lines can naturally be extended into trips up to the top of Greyrock, albeit through less consistent terrain.


Climbing Season


19 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',6],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',3],['5.12',2],['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 South Slabs:
Sugar Mountain   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Fun Flake   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Aunt Edna's Costume Jewelry   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Slab Happy   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Grey Rat Rocksicle   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Beer for Breakfast   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Birdland   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Jazzman (a.k.a. Turdland)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Wigs on Fire   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Between Nothingness and Eternity   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
Go Spuds Go   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Featured Route For The South Slabs
Go Spuds Go. RIP Craig Luebben.

Go Spuds Go 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  CO : Fort Collins : ... : The South Slabs
One of Craig Leubben's favorite offwidths! It's only about 15' of climbing to the crux pivot at the lip, but continue climbing the next 20' to a tree. Walk off.Approach by the Grey Rock summit trail. Start looking towards Grey Rock about 5 minutes past the meadow and you will see the steeply angled off-width boulder to the left up the slope. It takes about 1 hour to reach Go Spuds Go from the parking lot....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By lubbo
From: Laramie
Jan 29, 2013

Nearly all bolts in this area have been chopped.

By Wil B
Aug 22, 2013

So does anyone have any info about why all the bolts were chopped off the south slabs? Major bummer to go buy Craig's book and head up to the rock only to find out there are no sport routes left on the south slabs....

By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Aug 22, 2013

Will, someone went a little crazy with the bolts on previously climbed lines. The climbs were probably returned to the original state before someone got a drill for Christmas.