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East Ridge

East Ridge

East Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.99200°N / 105.29346°W

Object Title: East Ridge

Route Type: Trad Climbing, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Rock Difficulty: 5.3 (YDS)

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Brian C

Created/Edited: Apr 25, 2010 / May 14, 2010

Object ID: 616225

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This is a great Flatiron route and one of Roach's classics. The East Ridge is narrow and exposed. There is a pendulum fall potential for both leader and follower with sparse places for protection. That said, it is mostly 4th class with one steeper section on the upper ridge. This description will be brief as the route is short and straight forward.

Have fun!

Not much protection but not too hard.

Getting There

Follow the description on the main page.

Route Description

The Spy
The start.

Start roughly where the photo shows. From below, the climbing looks grungy and unpleasant. Don't worry too much, after a pitch of needles and trees the climbing improves greatly. Head up through the trees trending right. As you get higher, you will see a short wall blocking passage to the upper ridge. This obstacle can be passed on the left (5.2ish) or the right (5.4ish) and a belay can be set up on the ridge near a tree or in the gully to the left.

The Spy
The wall blocking passage to the upper ridge can be seen behind a tree where the Spy breaks off from the lower slabs.

From here simply take a deep breath and tiptoe up the ridge. The crux of the route is a smooth bulge near the crest.

The Spy
The bulge is the crux of the route.

From the crest it is much easier and you simply follow the top over to the true summit.

Sitting on top.

Follow the descent described on the main page.

Jumping off.

Essential Gear

Light rack if bringing a rope.

External Links

Cool Flatirons Webcam


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