Monday, September 6, 2010

First Flatiron with Justin

Justin's in town! We climbed the Spy today. From its summit we hiked uphill a few hundred yards to the start of a climb on the First Flatiron called the North ArĂȘte. We climbed that route to the summit of the First Flatiron -- mostly easy climbing.

There wasn't a cloud in the sky, but there was a lot of smoke from a fire that started in Fourmile Canyon.

At first it seemed like the fire was just southeast of Sugarloaf Mountain. There were very strong winds today which spread the fire. Initial reports were 200 acres but now there are 3500 acres burning.

Towards the end of the day the wind shifted and we could see that there were flames much further east than Sugarloaf. Eventually the winds died down enough and tanker planes came in. Sounds like it will still take a few days to get the fire under control.

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