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Cecilville Slab aka Cecil Rock

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Cecilville Slab aka Cecil Rock  


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Description 

Cecilville Slab aka Cecil Rock currently has 8 different sport routes and 1 trad climb that range from 5.8 to 5.10. Cecil is a great place for beginners looking to learn how to lead sport climbs, and or those who just want to hone their skills.

Climbs usually get sun most of the mid day through the late afternoon. If it rains the night before, you may want to give the rock a chance to day and climb sometime after 12:00pm.

L->R:

A. Pig Pen, 8+, 1p, bolts.
B. Stampede, 9, 1p, bolts.
C. Rhino's Revenge, 9, 1p, bolts.
D. Zebra Walk, 8, 1p, bolts.
E. Hyena Cackle, 9, 1p, bolts.
F. Lone Wolf, 10-, 1p, gear.
G. Wily Coyote, 8, 1p, bolts.
H. Crazy Cat, 10, 1p, bolts.
I. Bird's Eye, 8, 1p, bolts.

Getting There 

From I-70, take the Copper Mountain / Leadville exit 195 to US Hwy 24 South. Travel about 4 miles from the Summit of Fremont Pass. Pass the Climax Mine on your Left. Once the road starts to level out Start looking on your left for a dirt road and a sign that says "Colorado Belles Ranch." The rock is visible from the road.

  • The rock is on public land but make sure you park as close to the path as possible, making sure you do not block the residents that live at the ranch.

History 

One user of the website noted: he/she used to live at Colorado Belle Ranch in the late '80s while lift opting at Copper. The slab was directly outside my kitchen window, and I used to watch my neighbors dropping the rock on skis during the winter while I was washing dishes not 50 feet away!

As well the name of the slab comes from the nickname of the ranch. It is called "Cecilville" by the locals named after one of the past owners (and my landlord at the time) Cecil V. Clifford. Cecil was missing all his fingers except for his thumb on his right hand. He told me he lost them in a mining accident when a mine car somehow rolled over his hand.

This is just one of the many strange, bizarre and interesting memories I have of my winter in Cecilville.

I just had to tell you after googling Cecilville and came across your page. I didn't know that it was a popular climbing site! Thanks for resurrecting some fond memories!

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.4 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cecilville Slab aka Cecil Rock:
Wily Coyote   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Zebra Walk   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Bird's Eye   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Rhino's Revenge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Hyena Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Crazy Cat   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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By Doug Ranck
Sep 4, 2007
This piece of rock is named, Cecilville Slab, it has been called this for the last 20+ years. It has been miss named by the Summit Cnty guide book people. One would think that when one comes upon a rock as such and it has 8 bolted lines on it, that one would ask about locally to gather any historical data.
I have rated the climbs but never got around to officially naming any. I plan to have more in the next edition of the guide book.
The accurate route information can be obtained from Tom Perkins guide, Arkansas Valley Climbing including Camp Hale.
This is a great place to climb from the time the snow leaves till it piles to high. Routes are from 5.8 to 10d and one trad line up the middle with some real old pins.
Have fun climbing.
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