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This route is located in the Natural Bridge Region at Lady Slipper - Emerald City

Ruby Slippers

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Diamond in the Rough 5.10c (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Jamie Baker, Rob Turan in 1991
Length: 80ft
Bolts: 7 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This bolted route is to the left of Oz.
Moves: Crimps or Edges
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS

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4.41 stars (97 votes)
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5.10c (70 votes)

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pianomahnn said on June 21st, 2004
This is a GREAT route. It's a wonderful reprieve from the normal overhanging pockety 10c climbs at the Red. The bolts seem a bit more spaced out than other routes, however the friction is huge and the holds are solid. The view is quite spectacular from the top as well.
Ascentionist said on October 13th, 2005
One of my all time favorite sport routes here.
jlu said on November 22nd, 2005
great route, really gets your heart pumping! tricky and technical, with long stretches between bolts but VERY solid holds all the way up
B.J. said on October 19th, 2006
Crimpy and sustained. The 10c rating is solid and stays with you till the end.
dbarless said on October 17th, 2007
Technical face climbing doesn't get much better!! The well spaced bolts provide whatever excitement the climb itself can't. Worth coming to Emerald City for. Get on this route!!!!
italianwrestler125 said on February 9th, 2009
absolutely stellar.
rjackson said on November 28th, 2009
Stellar for the grade. Old school feel at its finest.
DonnyP said on December 3rd, 2010
The climbing on this route is really nice: sustained and consistent edging on solid rock. However, the bolt spacing is a little run-out, so the 5.10 climber might want to think twice about leading this one.
Rooky said on November 4th, 2012
What DonnyP said exactly. This route is so awesome!
Anonymous said on April 21st, 2014
Rebolted with Wave Glue-ins courtesy of Johnny Lightning. Hardware provided by the American Safe Climbing Association. Thanks to all!