Texas Flakes

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 30.50640°N / 98.8186°W
Additional Information Route Type: Beginner Trad/ Solo climbing
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: 5.4
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Start from the Gazebo up the Summit Trail and once above the "tree line" traverse west to the Echo canyon trail. Decend a quarter mile down the trail, turn right just past "lunch rock" and hike up to the "cave-in boulder". Scramble around the three house sized boulders and you will find a chimney starting from a ledge just above the boulders. Start climbing.

Route Description

The route starts as a chimney about 3 feet wide and abruptly ends in a series of 3 cracks. Continue following the cracks to the left till you reach a reppelling ledge with two bolts. From here there is another 70 feet of class 2-3 scrambling and a short walk to the summit.

This may be the perfect route for learning to Trad climb. Though the route is not quite a full pitch it provides a variety of different placement types, are made from a short chimney, two differing cracks, and a slab. This combined with it's easy grade makes great for learning.

Fun for beginners and soloed by many more experienced climbers this is a worthwhile route.

Essential Gear

Outside of the ten essentials the route can be done with a 50 meter rope and any combination of passive or active caming devices. The route can usually be done with 6-7 pieces in the range of size .75- 2 BD cams. Three or four short runners used for extending your protection would also be advisable.

Whether you are trad climbing or soloing this route, bringing extra water is a must. Like most routes at "E-rock" it is exposed to the Texas sun most of the way. Dehydration and heat exhaustion are common.

Miscellaneous Info

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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Nov 13, 2016 9:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Chimney is a variation

This route actually begins at a prominent flake a few yards to the right of the chimney. Going this way puts the full pitch at a little over 100' in length and introduces serious issues with rope drag (and it is 5.5 with a tricky start). This version also offers placements for larger cams such as a #5 C4. Starting at the chimney is a more direct variation (5.4). I haven't done it, as it was wet the day I did this route. Caution: some of the flakes on this route sound hollow and feel rotten. Test the rock before you put something, especially a cam, in it. Because of the rock quality and the drag issues, I do not think this a very good beginner lead despite the grade.

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