The West Slabs saw some development of bolted routes in the early '90s. Several quite old trad lines exist that must date back 30 years or so. Nearly everything on the West Slab can be done with a single 60 m rope. However, not all routes have bolted anchors, so choose you lines carefully. Numbering used here begins on the left side of the crag with an old Kurt Smith route (1) and ends with a new Kurt Smith route (7), at least so far.
Park near the tailings field at the base of The Silver Plume mine. Hike West about 150 feet, crossing a dry streambed. Just after the dry streambed, a trail through the tailings pile zig-zags up to the obvious South-facing crag.
A. Kurt Smith route, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
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This is a line that may start lower from the ground, but there was no definite lower pitch, so we'll describe as a 2-3 pitch line that starts about 40 feet up on a grassy ledge. This could be linked into a single pitch.P1. Climb onto a slab, place a cam (#0.75 to #1 Camalot size), and clip some bolts. There are good holds to make this much easier than it looks. Above the 3rd bolt, you may want to be careful with this large flake on the right...pulling outwards might cause somethin...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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