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Area 51

5.10c/d PG13, Trad, 180 ft, 2 pitches,  Avg: 1 from 1 vote
FA: AL Simons
Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Big Thompson Ca… > Beige Tube Area… > Ironing Board Slabs (…


Crux just off the ground thru the 2nd bolt.

Pitch 1. Start right of a detached block and a tree. Slab/crimp up, clip and traverse up and right (crux) to a shelf. Traverse to left edge and follow the face and flake up past several bolts. Step left across shallow chimney to a two bolt belay by a small tree.

Pitch 2. up the face or between face and block to right. continue up overlaping slab past two bolts to a roof with a shark tooth of rock pointing down out of it. Climb and pull the roof (8) then clip and pull the bulge/face (10). Finish thru some cracks that take good gear to 3 inches. 2 bolt anchor.


Route is on the upper slabs and tops out on the right end of the ridge. Park at paved parking 0.6 miles past the Beige Siphon Tube. 4th class to the base of the first slab and climb any of several routes to second slab. On second slab, climb Bee Line Highway. 4th class right to gully and up 50 yards to base of climb...or...approach gully 0.4 miles past the tube to big ramp near the ridge top. 4th class up ramp to top of climb 25 yards past end of ramp.


9 bolts, supplemental gear to 3 inches. 2 bolt anchors at belays.

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Upper slabs with Area 51 listed as #10.
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