313 Slab, also known as the Small Adventures Wall on at least one website, isn't a very well-known climbing area, especially considering it's proximity to Moab. Most climbers head to places such as Arches National Park, the Moab Towers, Fisher Towers, Wall Street, Indian Creek, etc., which leaves this area as a quieter alternative. When the lines form on the popular climbs around Moab, this can be a good place to go.
That said though, 313 Slab is not quite as spectacular or varied as places like Indian Creek, Wall Street, or the Fisher Towers. The climbing here is pretty good, but it's a step down from those other world-class areas, at least in my opinion.
All climbing here is sport since there are few cracks. The rock is also rather soft and can be sandy.
One of the routes also has the distinction of being put up by the very famous Layton Kor, but the route seems very different from the other routes he put up and seems a bit out of character. The old bolts have been chopped and replaced recently, but the stubs remain.
There are climbs here ranging from 5.4 to 5.12, with several variations, so this is an area for climbers of almost all abilities.
Kessler on the Refuse to Feel Route.
This crag is easy to reach and only a few miles from Moab.
From the Canyonlands Junction along Highway 191, which is a few miles north of Moab, turn onto Highway 313 towards Canyonlands. The crag is located 2.0 miles along Highway 313 and on the right side of the road.
Walking to the crag takes anywhere from 1-5 minutes.
Left and Central Sections of the 313 Slabs as seen from the parking area.
Right Side of 313 Slabs as seen from the parking lot.
Named Routes are listed here left to right, but there are actually more climbs and variations than listed here. For the most part, climbs on the crag get more difficult from left to right.
A 70 meter rope is recommended on some climbs, though a 60 is adequate for most if you don't mind standing on a ledge while belaying. The routes between Put Your Hands on Me to Beyer Friction can be top-roped via the ledge which can also be accessed from other routes.
Route Diagrams for 313 Slabs. Click for Full Size.
Route Diagrams for 313 Slabs. Click for Full Size.
| ROUTE|| DIFFICULTY|| LENGTH|| PITCHES || GEAR|
| QUALITY||NOTES |
| Put Your Hands on Me|| 5.9|| 100 feet|| 1|| 7 draws || Good|| |
| Refuse to Feel (Old Kor Route) || 5.7|| 100 feet|| 1|| 5 draws|| Good|| This route was put up by Layton Kor. The old Kor bolts have been chopped and replaced, but the stubs remain. This is a pretty good climb, but it can be sandy. There are several variations of the route.|
| Tone Stef|| 5.4|| 100 feet|| 1|| 6-7 draws || Fair || This is the easiest climbing route up the crag. It also can be sandy, but it quite easy. Except for on little section, much of the route is actually 4th class.|
| Swimming in Your Ocean|| 5.9-|| 100 feet|| 1|| 5 draws|| Good|| |
| Kneeling Before Your Bounty || 5.8|| 100 feet || 1|| 6 draws|| Excellent|| |
| Tyed to Tie|| 5.8|| 100 feet|| 1|| 8 draws|| Good|| |
| Of Kors|| 5.6X|| 100 feet|| 1|| 1 draw (!)|| Fair|| For many, should be be top-roped for safety! |
| The Calla Way|| 5.9|| 100 feet|| 1|| 8 draws|| Good|| Well protected, but few features. |
| Kor Route/Big Bolts|| 5.6R|| 100 feet|| 1|| || Good|| Big machine bolts|
| Beyer Friction|| 5.9R|| 100 feet|| 1|| 5 draws|| Good|| Can be sandy.|
| Small One/Friction|| 5.11c|| 100 feet|| 1|| 6 draws|| Excellent/Classic || The crux is at the second bolt.|
| Pigasis|| 5.10R|| 100 feet|| 1|| 4 draws|| Excellent|| |
| Small Two/Buy to Fly|| 5.12|| 100 feet|| 1|| 8 draws|| ?|| |
| Beach Party|| 5.11|| 100 feet|| 1|| 4 draws|| ?|| Starts at the left edge of the obvious 1/2 arch alcove. Fixed gear and four pins to a seam and the anchor.|
Kessler on top of the Refuse to Feel Route. Click for Route Line.
Kessler leading the Tone Stef Route 5.4.
Beach Party 5.11. Click for route line.
None, except for camping restrictions (see below). Please take care of the place. Stay off the cryptobiotic soil! See the below link for more details:
Kessler leading the Un-named Route. Make sure to take good care of the area.
When to Climb
This crag receives direct sunlight for much of the day, so cooler weather is best.
Sunny winter weather might be the best time to climb, but don't try the climbs if they are covered in snow and ice. After the snow melts, be aware that the climbs can be extra sandy.
Early Spring and late Fall are reasonable, especially in the morning hours.
In summer, forget about climbing here! Go rafting, canyoneer some of the wet canyons, or climb and hike in the La Sal Mountains!
Me climbing the Old Kor Route while in my pajamas in early February.
Because of its skyrocketing popularity, camping around Moab has become more restrictive than it has been in past years.
Below is a link to the BLM PDF on camping in the Moab Area:
The closest BLM campground to this particular climbing area is 2.2 miles up the road at the Monitor Marrimac Overlook. There is a bathroom.
There is also the private Archview Campground
at the Canyonlands turnoff, two miles from the crag.
Mountain ConditionsCLICK HERE FOR WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE AREA
Weather and climate data for Moab. *National Weather Service Data 1889-2016.
|MONTH||AVE HIGH||AVE LOW||REC HIGH||REC LOW||AVE PRECIP (in)|
External Links313 Slabs/Small Adventures Wall on Mountain Project