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Compound, The 
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Dodge Block 

YDS: 5.0 French: 2- Ewbanks: 4 UIAA: I ZA: 6 British: MM 1c

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Consensus:  YDS: 5.0 French: 2- Ewbanks: 4 UIAA: I ZA: 6 British: MM 1c [details]
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Submitted By: Mike Sofranko on Sep 24, 2001

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Below the Pullman Car. Time to dodge the block.

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Yet another fine easy route on the Second Flatiron...

From the lowpoint of the the Second Flatiron (where the trail touches the base) head up through the trees to the south for a couple hundred feet. If the huge roof of the South Block is above you, you've gone just a little too far. Start on a rib/slab just below and to the right of the huge roof. This rib will have a 10 foot step visible about a ropelength up.

Climb the south edge of the rib up to the step. Climb through the steep step via the easiest looking path. Soon you will be on a small summit. Step down to the west. The South Block will be looming above you to the south. Just to the north of the block is a water polished gully. Just to the right of the gully is a narrow rib. Climb the rib for a couple ropelengths until you can work over to the obvious tree below the steep east face of the Pullman Car.

Now it's time to dodge the block. From the level of the tree, head right into gully, and engage the south facing wall. It looks steep, but if the easiest way is found it isn't difficult. From the top of this wall, continue up the slab to the same walkoff for the Freeway route.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Dodge Block.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up Dodge Block.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the Second Flatironette to the start ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking down the Second Flatironette to the start ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Up towards the traverse.
BETA PHOTO: Up towards the traverse.
Rock Climbing Photo: He couldn't resist the water polished gully.  But ...
He couldn't resist the water polished gully. But ...

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By Warren Teissier
Jun 19, 2002

Picking the correct spot for the traverse to "dodge" the block is the crux of this climb. If you traverse at the level of the tree, as described above, the traverse will be almost trivial. If you continue up towards the block and traverse just below it, the traverse will become considerably spicier (if you are soloing that is)

There are at least two alternatives once you cross the gully. The first one is the original route, it is the easiest one too. It climbs a weakness on the wall that looks steep but quite easy, it is slightly above the tree traverse. This puts you back on the East face for an easy scramble to the top.

The second option follows a ramp to the right of the gully you just traversed. Start as if for option one but instead of climbing to the East face head West on a narrow, polished and exposed ramp that passes slightly under an overhang and afterwards jons the East face. A spicier option indeed.
By Anonymous Coward
Jun 12, 2004

The 5.1 occurs in the first 50 feet the rest is Class 4. Not as good as Freeway, and if you drag a friend and a rope, you'll have wasted a climbing day.
By RomoFo
May 22, 2010

What a blast, I followed Roach's description and it was right on.
By LongRanger
From: Boulder, Colorado
Feb 14, 2015

Although routes on the Flatirons are pretty "Choose Your Adventure", I think Dodge Block does not share the same walk off as Freeway but instead puts you in a gully just west and up from where you walk off on Freeway. One side of the gully you exit in Dodge Block is the Pullman Car.
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Aug 9, 2015

I followed Roach's description. I don't think I exited right at the right place. Sure seemed harder than 5.0. The kids up top throwing rocks down at me might have made it seem harder than it was. I did end up at the same walk off as Freeway. If you go up through the tunnel variation, it won't be the same. Overall, it wasn't as clean and fun as Freeway.
By LongRanger
From: Boulder, Colorado
Oct 1, 2015

There's a very large flake on the L side of the, "10 foot step " on the Second Flatironette. It looks like one could use it to get on top of the step, but it's a little sketch as it will move if you touch it. I lamely went to the L of the step, and traversed over a bit.

It's actually pretty weird, I think I've started on Freeway before and traversed left after a while and downclimbed the "wall" you're supposed to climb up looking for this route. Finding nothing appealing, I just climbed back up, and got back on Freeway.

I think that's the route I may try sooner - start on Freeway, traverse left after a while, downclimb the, "wall" to dodge the block, and then climb up the chimney to do Free For All. That lets you start at the very base of the formation, you avoid that loose flake and the dirty gully to the Second Flatironette, and you summit the formation to boot.

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