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West Slabs
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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 Rock Climbing 

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


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.


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.

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Weather station 2.3 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: This shows the 2nd pitch of the Unknown 7+ and thi...

Hwan Kap 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Silver Plume : West Slabs
This may or may not be a new route; however, there were some keys holds that required digging out fractured flakes to leave reasonable holds that most any climber would have cleaned...I believe.So, the name is a term for a 60th birthday. In some parts of the world, reaching 60 is/was a major milestone. Happy Birthday, Doug!From the top of the Unknown 7+'s 1st pitch, we continued with the 2nd pitch (5.5) to a 2 bolt anchor up and left of a tree. Deciding to explore upwar...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: Route/project and Kurt Smith route, 13-.
Route/project and Kurt Smith route, 13-.
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo with some of the routes.  The yellow dots are...
Topo with some of the routes. The yellow dots are...
Rock Climbing Photo: Time to Climb, 10, and Toxic Chalk Syndrome, 10+.
Time to Climb, 10, and Toxic Chalk Syndrome, 10+.
Rock Climbing Photo: 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
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.

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