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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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Unknown 2nd 9 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a CO : Silver Plume : West Slabs
This is a good route that has some fun features to ascend. It is the 3rd route from the left on the right side of West Slabs. It starts in a small, right-facing dihedral.Move up into the dihedral. A small cam (yellow Alien or TCU size) works before the 1st bolt. Move out left under a cool, shallow dihedral somewhat reminiscent of something Yosemite-like clipping 2 bolts & a Bugaboo pin. Pull past a tiny bulge onto a slab that actually has real glacier polish reminiscent of Tuolumne. This s...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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