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Flatirons - Green Mountain Pinnacle

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About Flatirons - Green Mountain Pinnacle:

The Green Mountain Pinnacle is a small, obsure rock with one pitch routes, near the summit of the Fourth Flatiron. It would be almost completely unremarkable except for the fact that it houses arguably *the* best single pitch in the Boulder area: Death and Transfiguration, a remarkable, massive roof/crack system. This route was first ascended by Roger Briggs in 1972. He had a rack of pitons and intended to aid the roof/crack (as did I, standing at the base!), but after getting about 1/2 way free, decided he might as well try the steepest part. He got it, barely--a remarkable on-sight first ascent. Other routes of note include Green Sneak, which is the easiest route to the summit and a potential downclimb; Death and Disfiguration, notable in that it ended Jim Erickson's free-solo first ascent career (he didn't died, but fell and broke both legs, then crawled down steep talus and dense forest to the Royal Arch trail); Trangression, a cool looking .12- variation to D&T; and Takin' Care of Business, a delightful 5.5 chimney. The easiest descent is to rappel west from good bolts on the summit (if you don't have a 60 meter rope, be careful).
Nearest town or city: Boulder
Directions: The standard approach is to park at Chataqua Park in Boulder (take Baseline Road west from Broadway aka Rt. 93), hike the Royal Arch trail to Sentinel Pass (where you first see the arch), and head steeply uphill to the north side of the 4th Flatiron. The route is located on the north side of the small crag, and if you find the right crag, you can't miss the route. It is also possible to hike to the summit of Green Mountain from the west, then down slightly NE, and then finally bushwhack SE to the crag.
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Camping: None
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Quantity of Climbs: Day