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.
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.
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.
Weather station 2.3 miles from here
11 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For West Slabs
Unknown 9 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CO
: Silver Plume
: West Slabs
This is the 2nd route from the left of the obvious routes on the right side of West Slabs. It may be identified with a cruxy looking start below a bolt maybe 12 feet up.Find some small, positive edges and hop aboard. Make a highstep and get situated to clip the bolt. A budding 5.9 leader may want a stick clip. Move up on easier terrain to the 2nd bolt. A fall on this section is unlikely but would likely hurt a lot. Make a weird move up and leftward to get the 3rd and 4th bolts. A optional...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Route/project and Kurt Smith route, 13-.
Topo with some of the routes.
The yellow dots are...
Time to Climb, 10, and Toxic Chalk Syndrome, 10+.
Unknown 9+, 9+, pitches 1 & part of 2 in green....
By Leo Paik
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.