Monday, June 22, 2009

First Flatironette, East Face route

This time of year is awesome -- light out until almost 9pm! We headed out to Chautauqua around 6pm today for a climb on the First Flatironette. Started climbing around 7pm, climbed two pitches, topped-out around 8:40, got back to our packs around 9pm and back home before 10. The climb was a lot of fun -- book said it was in the 5.0 to 5.2 range but there were parts at the beginning that felt a bit tougher, especially on lead.

The weather was great where we were but we could see some neat lightening up north in the pink skies. To the southeast there were rays of light seemingly emanating from Denver -- I can't explain this phenomenon. Any ideas? Click a pic to see more of them.

We hiked back to the car in the dark. There was an incredible amount of cloud-to-cloud lightening and occasional ground strikes, quite a light-show.

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