Climbs 40
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 300m a.s.l
Faces SE

Why do you need an Ice Hammer on Etive? For the midges... © pneame

Crag features

On the east flank of Beinn Trilleachan at the head of Glen Etive lie a unique mass of granite slabs set at about 40 degrees, which provide exciting and serious friction climbing.  Most of the routes require some long run outs, a cool head and good route finding skills.

Approach notes

Access is gained via a very boggy path from the Glen Etive road head in about 45 minutes. Compounding the approach misery are the copious amount of ticks lying in wait for you.  


Slabs were in good condition. Walk in very boggy and overgrown. (Pack a black bag to pop your shoes in when you put them in your bag for the decent path) Found the walk in very 'ticky'.
Stevie989 - 13/Sep/14
Rock Fall Thursday 10/06/10. Please excercise caution on the first pitch of Spartan Slab / The Pause as a large section of the overlap below the first belay ledge dropped away yesterday! Several tonnes of granite dropped out from the overlap and fell directly onto the area around the coffin stone. The Pause has several damaged flakes / sections and not sure if grade remains same. Please excercise caution if you climb these routes. Luckily we were high up on the slabs above and there were no other parties visiting the crag. God only knows what would have happened if this had happened on a weekend day!
Mountain Intelligence Leeds - 11/Jun/10
Mention of loose rock in the introduction should be qualified - the danger comes from rocks dislodged from the descent path. The rock on the face itself is uniformly excellent.
Dr Toph - 07/Jun/10
If everyone that walked into the Etive Slabs carries a rock from the bottom and drops it in the first wet patch they have to step in and does the same on the way back, I'll no longer have to wear wellies or flipflops for the walk-in. I've been doing this for a year now and have dropped six rocks, so am not getting anywhere quick, please help.
jonnie3430 - 27/May/10
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Main Slabs 
2Seams BlancE2 5b *8
3Ba'sE1 5a **4
4Vein Rouge
HVS 5a **46
5Raspberry Ripple
E1 5a **33
6Forzen Ba'sIV 5 * 
7The TheE3 6a 1
8AttilaE3 5c *3
9AngelE7 6b *** 
10The Long ReachE2 5b ***109
11The Band of HopeE3 5c **5
12The Long WaitE2 5b **10
13The Long Wait DirectE3 **2
14Spartan SlabVS 4c **648
15The PauseE1 5b ***206
E2 6a ***127
17Tous les DeuxE2 5c **6
18The Valkyrie
E3 5b **7
19GeckoE6 6a ** 
20Fast ApproachingE3 5c ** 
21The Big RideE3 5c **6
E1 2
E2 5c ***17
24The Pinch Direct
E3 5c ***32
25JacksonE5 6a 1
26HammerHVS 5a **246
27The GrasshopperE2 5c *2
E2 5c ***14
29GroundhogE3 5c **1
VS 5
31Learning to CrawlE3 5c ** 
 Upper Slabs 
33The Baldest
E2 5c * 
35Winter DanIV 5 ** 
 Right-Hand Slab 
S 1
38ComatoseVS 4c * 
39ConfusioE1 5b * 

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