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Etive Slabs Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Bill Duncan on Jun 11, 2009
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The Etive Slabs are a relatively low angle expanse of rock that provides several easy and moderate friction routes and one very interesting crack climb. This is a good area for beginners new to friction climbing. The bolts are old, but top roping possibilities are common.

Getting There 

About a mile west of Pine there is a dirt pullout on the north side of the road. Hubbel's old guide says 5.6 miles on CO 126 from Pine Junction. There is an old dirt two-track that heads up the hill. The rocks are on vacant land, but please be considerate of the locals.

Climbing Season

For the Pine Area area.

Weather station 8.2 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking west at the full route + Optical Illusion....

Greenville Avenue 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Colorado : South Platte : ... : Etive Slabs
(This info is based on the new S. Platte guidebook.)Greenville Ave. is an easy route but deserves to be climbed simply because of its aesthetic appeal. Climb the vertical crack to where Optical Illusion begins. Belay off the tree and then traverse the crack below Optical Illusion over to the bolt anchor to the right. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Jun 11, 2009
While it has been YEARS... I have been chased off these slabs by folks insisting I was trespassing. The signs by the road haven't changed. Are these on private property? Is there a way to approach without trespassing?
By Mike Morin
From: North Conway, NH
Jun 11, 2009
I have similar questions. While the house to the north over the ridge is for sale and vacant I'm curious who owns the slabs. The log cabin below the southern end of the slab seems like the likely owner. It is possible to approach from the vacant property and not pass any NO TRESPASSING signage, but pleading ignorance based on this would be pretty lame. Pretty neat looking stuff though, anyone else have some thoughts? Mark, er...Buff?
By slim
Jun 11, 2009
ithought a paintball club owned (or at least shot at each other) in this area(?).
By Bill Duncan
From: Jamestown, CO
Jun 12, 2009
According to the Jefferson County assessor's web site, there are 4 plots around and including the slabs. The slabs themselves appear to be on private land but listed as Vacant on the website. The plot to the SE has the house, the plot between the slabs and the road is vacant, as is the one to the NW. The plot to the NW may be the best option, but I have not been there recently to see about signs, etc.

I think the paintball club owns the land the Ding Domes are on, but not the Etive slabs. Of course anything could have changed in recent years.
By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Jun 15, 2009
I've added a access note about this area possibly being on private land. Hopefully it can get sorted out like the rest of Pine at some stage.
By Kevin Stricker
From: Evergreen, CO
Aug 28, 2009
Personally I do not think we should be posting any areas that are on private property without knowing if access is allowed by the homeowners. While it is educational from a historical perspective, it is not worth the potential negative impacts.
By Mike Morin
From: North Conway, NH
Aug 28, 2009
I agree, especially in this case where the "Getting There" section advises folks to access via a road that is currently posted No Trespassing.
By csabel
Sep 22, 2012
Interested in very recent info regarding access to Etive slabs, private property issues -- these posts all seem to be from 2009; any newer news?

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