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West Slabs
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
1978 Bracksieck/Mallow Route T 
BLM (aka, Bolt Like Mad) S 
Hwan Kap T,TR 
Left-facing Dihedral T 
Shaft, The S 
Tin Can Arete T,TR 
Unknown 2nd 9 T,S 
Unknown 5 T,S 
Unknown 7+ T,S 
Unknown 9 T,S 
Unknown 9+ T,S 

West Slabs  


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Unknown 9 in red and Unknown 2nd 9 in yellow.

Description 

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.

Eds. now there are a number of moderate pitches on the right side of the crag.

Getting There 

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.

L->R: 

A. Kurt Smith route, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
B. The Shaft, 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Bolt Like Mad (BLM), 12-, 1p, 70', bolts.
D. Time to Climb, 10, 1p, gear.
E. Toxic Chalk Syndrome, 10+, 1p, gear.
F. Route/project, 1p, bolts.
G. Kurt Smith route, 13-, 1p, bolts.

H. Unknown 7+, 7+, 2p, 150', bolts & gear.
above H. Hwan Kap, 9, 1p, 145', gear.
I. Unknown 9, 9, 1-2p?, 90' or 180', bolts & gear.
J. Unknown 2nd 9, 9, 1-2p, 90', bolts, pin, gear.
K. 1978 Bracksieck/Mallow Route, 7, 3p, 300', gear.
L. Left-facing Dihedral, 7, 1p, gear.
above L & right. Unknown 9+, 9+, 1-3p, bolts & gear.
M. Unknown 5, 5, 1p, bolt & gear.
above M. Tin Can Arete, 5, 1p, 110', gear.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.3 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',3],['5.8',0],['5.9',4],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['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]


Featured Route For West Slabs
Kurt Smith route, The Shaft, and Bolt Like Mad.

The Shaft 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CO : Silver Plume : West Slabs
The Shaft starts just right of the large corner system on the left side of the West Slab. A couple of 5.12a cruxes and a small roof comprise the difficulties. The climbing is thin, continuous, challenging, and satisfying. The climbing is largely on crisp edges, but getting into and out of the roof uses a bit of thin undercling and a small section of layaways in the right facing corner leading up to the roof. Fun moves in this part. Bolts have been updated in some place, but still cast a wary eye...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Route/project and Kurt Smith route, 13-.
Route/project and Kurt Smith route, 13-.
Topo with some of the routes.  The yellow dots are...
Topo with some of the routes. The yellow dots are...
Time to Climb, 10, and Toxic Chalk Syndrome, 10+.
Time to Climb, 10, and Toxic Chalk Syndrome, 10+.
Unknown 9+, 9+, pitches 1 & part of 2 in green.  U...
Unknown 9+, 9+, pitches 1 & part of 2 in green. U...

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By Leo Paik
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From: Westminster, Colorado
Jul 27, 2013
Interestingly, it's hard to hard to hear above the road noise. For those with quiet voices, rope signals or walkie-talkie radios might be good.

Also, the cliff lies nearly straight above the mine buildings, although you zig-zag below and above on trails/road to get there.