Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fifth Flatiron

Today we climbed the Fifth Flatiron. The morning started with a vigorous hike to the Royal Arch. Then we bushwhacked up a steep slope to the base of the rock. Dan led four pitches to the summit via the East Face South Side route. It was a fun climb on pretty good rock. The summit block was neat and the rappel was into 75 feet of thin air.

The descent was a bitch. The scramble down the south side of the rock was as steep as the rock itself, but covered in pine needles, small pebbles, rocks, and lots of other slippery things. Rather than hiking down the Royal Arch trail, we detoured to Woods Quarry and down the Mesa trail.

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