Blowin' the Hatch
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Chip Phillips eyeing the the crimp before the fina...
Hike into main area of the Lower Satellites by following the signs to the Third Flatiron. Twenty yards after walking between the A-7 and BBC Boulders, stop and look up to your right off the trail. Fifteen yards off the trail is an undercut boulder above a low-angle slab.
Begin from a sds on the left side of the undercut on two small crimps, slap up to a good hold and use a pinch, a crimp and a mantel or two to top-out above the slab.
The route's name is a reference to a 5 ft x 3 ft 300+ lb block (much like a hatchcover) that almost killed Justin and I before we even spread our pads out or got our shoes on. At most, three pounds of pressure pulled the whole thing down - almost on our heads. It scared the hell out of us and the other group in the Satellites, but revealed this cool problem.
a crashpad and spotter