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Eldora Summer Slab

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Eldora Summer Slab Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 39.94524, -105.54196 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: scott.allen on Nov 27, 2013
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This is for Summer only (or early Autumn) as it faces North-Northwest with great Western views of the snowy Divide and Devil's Thumb. It has metamorphic rock reminiscent of Hallett Buttress.

All 3 routes share same top anchor of 2 bolts Fixe (3/8" x 3 1/2").


A. Caucasian Sandal, 7, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
B. Loosely Between the Bolts, 9+, 1p, 90', TR.
C or C1. Joan's Solitude, 8, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
C2 or D. Salto Syllabic, 7, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.

Eds. The routes go into the sun ~2p as late as mid-September.

Getting There 

Drive through Nederland, take the turn to Eldora ski area, veer left up the ski road, and park immediately on the right at a dirt pullout. Walk the road to the slab.

Eds. note, this is probably ~200 yards uphill from the pullout. The short approach is quite loose as the scree is not anchored. There are retaining rock nets just west of the climbs.

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Weather station 4.0 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Eldora Summer Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eldora Summer Slab:
Caucasian Sandal   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Joan's Solitude   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Salto Syllabic 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : Eldora : Eldora Summer Slab
Start as with Joan's Solitude, but ease up and right to a large flake that takes a medium nut. Then step up to gain the slab and clip bolts as you climb staying to the right side of the slab. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By scott.allen
Nov 27, 2013
Eldora Summer Slab is easily accessed by public transport and bike.
Take RTD to Ned High School, pedal the mile to the base. Travel lighty with rope, QDs, and a few stoppers. Lunch on top at the belay. Rap down and bike in the Town of Eldora, return via RTD from Ned High.
By Eric Klammer
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 15, 2014
Fun little crag that is worth a visit and a great place to get away from the BoCan crowds and up towards the mountains. Be aware that the bolts are near the cruxes, but slight runouts exist on easier terrain, and some gear is required (great job FAs, much more interesting climbing than most of Boulder Canyon), probably not great routes for 5.7 leaders. Cool rock as well, very angular fractures lead to abundant jugs and incuts!
By rien WaNderlust
From: Nederland
Sep 29, 2015
Albeit right off shelf road, the approach is horrendous! I advise ascending & descending the chain link rockfall fence to the right of the slab. Seriously;). Amazing view from top come leaf changing season. Worth it for that alone. Still a fun face although loose holds abound, and I found adding extra gear besides the bolts unnecessary.

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