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Clear Creek Cat Slab to Reopen
Submitted By: John McNamee on Feb 5, 2010

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The Cat Slab, a closed crag in Clear Creek Canyon that once was very popular for its moderate, bolt-protected routes, will see a second life thanks to a deal worked out between Clear Creek County and the landowner. Here’s today’s announcement from the Access Fund, one of the groups that worked on the deal:

“After months of negotiation, Clear Creek County successfully acquired the 76-acre Oxbow Parcel that contains the Cat Slab cliff, located south of U.S. Highway 6 near Tunnel 5. Cat Slab boasts some of the only moderate routes in Clear Creek Canyon and was a popular crag to bring beginners before it was closed to the public in 2006 due to liability concerns.The county purchased the land using $725,000 in lottery funds, awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). The county was supported by numerous recreational groups, including the Access Fund, Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Whitewater, Trout Unlimited, International Mountain Bicycling Association, and Rafting Outfitters on Clear Creek.

While the cliff line is protected, the area is not officially open to the public until the county develops and implements a site plan to provide safe, off-road parking, which may include shifting the guard rail and gate to provide more parking.

The county is interested in climber input on the development of parking, trails, and possible toilet facilities. Please contact Joe Sambataro at the Access Fund to get involved in the planning process.”

coloradomountainjournal.com/20...

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By Randy Carmichael
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 8, 2010
Three cheers for AF! Yahoo!
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 9, 2010
Great news about the acquisition. I would like to be involved with future development plans!


Darren Mabe
By summitklimber
From: Dillon, CO
Feb 9, 2010
I grew up climbing in this area and taught many to climb here, I am so happy for it to reopen!
By kirra
Feb 11, 2010
Many thanks to GOCO, the Access Fund & others for their $$ and time involved. This finally happened, great news John
By Mike Morin
From: On the Road
Feb 11, 2010
To every organization, person, etc. that played a part in this acquisition, Great Job!
By Casey Bernal
From: Arvada, CO
Feb 11, 2010
I posted a new forum to discuss the use of Route Signs. Please use this to further any discussions of using them, so we can keep this thread on topic (Catslab Reopening).

I am also glad that it is reopening.
By Monomaniac
Administrator
From: Morrison, CO
Feb 11, 2010
Comments related to "dog tags" for rappel length warnings have been moved here.
By Dave Cummings
From: Grand Junction, CO
Feb 13, 2010
Good Job, AF!
By M Lindfors
From: Highlands Ranch
Feb 14, 2010
Now I have to buy a 70 meter rope!
By Dale D
From: Parker, CO
Feb 14, 2010
Is there a projected date of when it will be open to climbing? I am really looking forward to climbing there since I have never been there.

Dale
By half-pad-mini-jug
From: crauschville
Feb 15, 2010
Wonderful news! I would also love to be involved with future developement plans. Thank you Access Fund, GOCO, CMC, and all the organizations that made this possible!

Jason Baker

Hey, Darren: Does this acquisition include the Glory Wall???
By Julie Lokiniko
Feb 15, 2010
And thanks to Clear Creek County Open Space Commission for understanding the importance of saving this property, and initiating the purchase! They're an under-recognized group of volunteers who've worked tenaciously to bring the right groups together to make it happen. Phenom job!
By Pete Helseth
Feb 16, 2010
Thanks, Julie, on behalf of our group. And props to CC County taxpayers who ponied up $300K through our Open Space fund to go along with GOCO's $725K.

We can't invite the public onto the property until we get safe access established. That begins with the planning process that we'll invite the climbing community to participate in through our partners at The Access Fund. Thanks to those of you who continue to support them and the other fine conservation & recreation organizations around here.

Pete Helseth
Clear Creek County Open Space Commission
co.clear-creek.co.us/OSWebsite...
By Jon Mushling
Jul 11, 2010
"“After months of negotiation, Clear Creek County successfully acquired the 76-acre Oxbow Parcel that contains the Cat Slab cliff, located south of U.S. Highway 6 near Tunnel 5. Cat Slab boasts some of the only moderate routes in Clear Creek Canyon and was a popular crag to bring beginners before it was closed to the public in 2006 due to liability concerns.The county purchased the land using $725,000 in lottery funds, awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). The county was supported by numerous recreational groups, including the Access Fund, Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Whitewater, Trout Unlimited, International Mountain Bicycling Helmet Association, and Rafting Outfitters on Clear Creek."

Well that's great certainly great news and it's good to see lottery funds being used for something positive in the community (similar to the lottery scholarships that New Mexico has implemented for young people).

Also, Great Job - Clear Creek County Open Space Commission!
By Jason Haas
Jul 11, 2010
I would also add that the Denver Climbers Coaltion played a key role in this process.