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Direct East Face - 5.6 popular

Average Rating = 4.41/5 Average Rating : 4.41 out of 5
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Standard Rack with a few quickdraws for the first pitch.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 4.17/5
  Rock Quality 4.41/5
  Scenery 4.55/5
  Fun Factor 4.48/5

Description:

Begin at the bottom of the flatiron after crossing a wooden bridge. The first pitch is rated 5.6R and is protected by two large eye bolts. Pitch is long so a 60m route is preferable. Continue up the face following the path of least resistance to the ridge then traverse the ridge to the left to the very tope of the flatiron. Descend 100' from eyebolt. (again 60m rope is required) This route is excellent quality for the grade. [flamer edit- a 60M rope is not required for any part of this route. For the descent- rappel off the obvious eye bolt(S) rapp to the south west- you will find another rappel from another big Eye bolt. This 2nd rap will get you to the ground- 50M is more than good enough. end edit]

Submitted by: flamer on 2007-04-18
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Route ID: 5268

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: rcdt on 2015-10-18 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Great Multi pitch trad route.

Phenomenal views

Added: 2015-10-25

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: wandsinniger on 2015-07-27 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars A Vertical Stroll

Coming from a limestone-dominated area in Europe, I was excited to meet an old high-school buddy and try out the slab-climbing on Flatiron sandstone.

The sandstone is really compact - just great stuff. Folks coming from the gym will be pressed to trust their feet. The runouts (stretches with no protection) are long - which is especially relevant in the first pitch. After the first couple of pitches, we pretty much went free-solo because the remainder of the route was 5.4 or easier. For me, it was a great route to gain some slab experience.

There are great views of Boulder and the plains to the East, and near the top there are good views into the Back Range.

I recommend sun protection and/or an early start in Summer and taking some water.

Added: 2015-09-27

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating R
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: scrappydog on 2012-09-11 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars The "R" on the first pitch is no kidding!

Two pieces of pro on a 60m pitch first thing in the morning is a little eye opening!

But super fun easy climbing assuming the runouts are within your comfort zone... :-)

Added: 2012-09-11

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
Solo Solo ascent by: glahhg on 2012-08-22 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars :)

Did this route for the first time, solo, in my underwear, with good friends.

Appropriate.

Added: 2012-08-22

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Solo Solo ascent by: jmeizis on 2011-07-30 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Good Solo

Real mellow climbing, fun moves, great views. Classic climbing. The downclimb goes from the rappel to the climbers right. It's not bad, kind of fun in and of itself.

Added: 2011-07-31

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