Easy climb... if you go up the correct path.
I think I hit a move or two that was above a 4... but it's a great climb.
I've done this route many times and it never gets old. My best time so far is 47 min flat trailhead to trailhead
I'm not sure when I first did this route, but I have done it more times than I can remember! Great training for the newbie climber (with some experience of course). Love the JUMP!
Soloed Freeway - except for a short belay near the bottom. Did Baker's Way afterwards. Seriously windy on the ridge on the First!
Nice day early on. Soloed Freeway again. Combined with Baker's Way and finished with the slot variation on the east face standard. Topped out on the First in 80 mph gusts. Yikes!
Returned to solo this route to access Baker's Way. A very nice hookup but was much more difficult with a heavy pack on. Snow on the lower slabs drove the difficulty up into 5.3ish range but it all worked out. A fun route and love the jump!
Since almost the entire 2nd flatiron is 4th/5.0, I'm not sure how much I followed the actual route. You basically just romp up the slab, dodging the summit block to the right.
What a wonderful route. I free-soloed it. At the start at the climb it seems easier to go the right of the first tree seen. I went straight up and hit some 5.4 spots. It's rated in many guide books differently. But the climbing never goes above 5.4. This is nothing to underestimate. It's full on commitment with a big drop below you. I also finished the route off by Class 5 scrambling to the very summit of the 2nd Flatiron. That was pretty nerving without any ropes. A great route tho! Enjoyed it so much.
A great mellow climb! Free climbed with my rock jock hubby as lead. Not quite sure we were on the route until the upper 200-300 feet, but it's pretty easy to keep it to class 4 if you stay on the northern half of the rock. Really fun (not too hard not too easy) for me, Chad seemed like he could have run up and down it - esp when he put on his rock shoes for a bit.
Climbed part of Freeway and got on to the face for 2 pitches. This was a great lead for a novice leader in a great setting.
6/15/10- w/cassie, we had a blast! one of those special days to say the least.
4/13//08- climbed the freeway with steve. started on the right side of the freeway and climbed some 5.0 on the way up and caught the freeway proper just below the jump. 8 short pitches in only 3 hours, and we had a blast. unfortunately, it was getting dark too quickly for an attempt of pullman car. next time!
Free-soloed, a bit of snow and ice, but fun.
I've soloed this one many times, including many variations across the 2nd's entire east face. The climbing becomes a bit more difficult if you find yourself directly beneath the south block or the pullman car. There are a few pitons in the rock in this area.
I free-soloed this one. Wanted to summit Pullman's car so I climbed up the back of it. Think that's a 5.2. It's a bit sketchy climbing back down it though as it's exposed and looks like an overhang. You need to grab some jugs and lower yourself over a bulge and your feet will touch the ledge (keeping to the left a bit). it took me about 10 minutes to get up the nerve to do that.