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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]


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Unknown 9+ 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CO : Silver Plume : West Slabs
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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Route/project and Kurt Smith route, 13-.
Route/project and Kurt Smith route, 13-.
Topo with some of the routes. <br /> <br />The yellow dots are the top of the "Above L and right", 9+.
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+.
<a href='/v/unknown-9/108259835'>Unknown 9+</a>, 9+, pitches 1 & part of 2 in green.  <a href='/v/unknown-5/108259852'>Unknown 5</a>, 5, in blue.
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.