Sunday, October 5, 2008

Climbing in Boulder

On Saturday we parked at Chautauqua and hiked up to the base of the First Flatiron. From there we hung a right and set up to climb the First Flatironette, a 300-foot slab in front of the bottom corner of the First Flatiron. We climbed along the ridge of the triangular shaped rock for the longest route--3 and a half pitches. The descent is a walk off and around--you walk off the back and then way around the adjacent rock (The Spy) and back to the base. We scoped out our start of the First Flatiron last summer and the Spy.

The weather seemed like it was holding so we decided to give the Spy a try. This rock is unique in that most of it is only about 5 feet wide. It's a very cool 2-pitch climb with some good exposure and views! As we were starting the second pitch it began to rain a bit. Dan let the pitch with some slippery rock, but by the time I followed the rock was dry again. After our walk off we hiked all the way back to the car. When the day was said and done we had been out and about for nine hours.

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