Climbs 40
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 362m 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.  

Guidebooks

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
2 Seams Blanc E2 5b * 10
3 Ba's E1 5a ** 5
4 Vein Rouge
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HVS 5a ** 66
5 Raspberry Ripple
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E1 5a ** 42
6 Forzen Ba's IV 5 *  
7 The The E3 6a 1
8 Attila E3 5c * 3
9 Angel E7 6b ***  
10 The Long Reach E2 5b *** 131
11 The Band of Hope E3 5c ** 6
12 The Long Wait E2 5b ** 10
13 The Long Wait Direct E3 ** 2
14 Spartan Slab VS 4c ** 779
15 The Pause E1 5b *** 337
16 Swastika
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E2 6a *** 195
17 Tous les Deux E2 5c ** 6
18 The Valkyrie
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E3 5b ** 11
19 Gecko E6 6a **  
20 Fast Approaching E3 5c **  
21 The Big Ride E3 5c ** 7
22 Frustration
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E1 3
23 Agony E2 5c *** 20
24 The Pinch Direct
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E3 5c *** 51
25 Jackson E5 6a 1
26 Hammer HVS 5a ** 434
27 The Grasshopper E2 5c * 2
28 Jaywalk
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E2 5c *** 14
29 Groundhog E3 5c ** 1
30 Sickle
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VS 5
31 Learning to Crawl E3 5c **  
  Upper Slabs
33 The Baldest
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E2 5c *  
34 Dan E1  
35 Winter Dan IV 5 **  
  Right-Hand Slab
37 Curses
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S 1
38 Comatose VS 4c *  
39 Confusio E1 5b *  
40 Hammer - Direct Start * HVS 5a *** 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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