The Practice Slab (5.1 - 5.8)

The Practice Slab (5.1 - 5.8)

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 38.87780°N / 104.88°W
Additional Information Route Type: Toprope
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: 5.1 - 5.8
Sign the Climber's Log


This is on South Gateway Rock - West Face. The Practice Slab is on the northern end of the West Face, and is easily spotted from the sidewalk. Once you've spotted the slab, walk to the south for about 25 feet until a trail takes you to the access ramp to the slab. There are chopped steps in the sandstone here that will take you to the anchors. Climb the steps, then traverse north across a ledge to the anchors.

Route Description

The Practice Slab gets harder the more you veer north (climber's left). Choose your line. Belay from a large ledge at the bottom of the slab. The slab is one pitch.

Note: The anchors at the top of the slab get a lot of wear. I always back up the anchors with some of my own pro.

Essential Gear

As I said above, backing up the anchors here might be a good idea. Bring a sling and some pro. One rope rap to the bottom here.