Been up this several times now... went there yesterday on the way to Hammerhead... nice, class 4... I love the finish because 1. you're alone and can see the royal arch, and 2. you get to climb up to the arch and just walk down a trail.
Part of new link-up. Soloed Regency, Royal Arch. Climbed P1-5 on the Fifth's North Side and soloed P6. Soloed P1-2 on the Fist and climbed P3. Scrambled over East Green and Greenmans to Green Mtn. Then back down to NCAR via Green-Bear. Fabulous Flatiron adventure!
Lots of needles and lichen. The start of the climb can be tough to find. I paced the rock and just headed up something harder than 4th class. Unnerving solo but as soon as I got higher it was cake. Great combo with the east face on royal arch.
This is actually quite a fun solo. I climbed right of the main (southern) gully, cut into the gully, and then to the left edge of the Regency. The climbing in the gully is super easy, consisting of monster holds. The far left side of the formation is quite a bit steeper and exposed; certainly harder than 4th class!
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