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Flashpoint 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Bonnie Von Grebe, 2001
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Jun 20, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Flashpoint. Start atop Disinclination. Step left...

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Description 

Flashpoint climbs a right-facing dihedral on the left side of the big pillar at the top of the Incline Club/Disinclination slab.

Approach by climbing Disinclination, or one of the harder routes to the left (Supernatural, Strange Science, Free Fall, Ripcord). Belay at a two-bolt anchor at the top of Disinclination.

Step around the arete to the left, clip the first bolt and make an awkward move left into the dihedral. Clip the second bolt and make the crux move up to a good edge. Continue easily past the third bolt to the anchor. Lower back to the anchor atop Disinclination.

Descend from the anchor atop Disinclination via two rappels straight down; stop at the anchor atop Ripcord for the second rappel. It might be possible to get off with one rappel with a 60m rope if you angle the rappel sharply uphill.

This seldom-climbed route is barely one star, and recommended only if you've climbed everything else and want to tick all the routes on the crag.

Protection 

2-bolt anchor at the start. 3 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.


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Routes on the Avalon slab. Incline Club and Disinclination start in a right-facing dihedral below the slab; Tomb of Sorrows starts at the right side of the slab, up the arete or in the chimney. <br /> <br />Flashpoint starts in a corner left of the anchor atop Disinclination.
BETA PHOTO: Routes on the Avalon slab. Incline Club and Disinc...

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 14, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

You can totally run this into a single pitch from the base and still lower off with a single 70M, but watch out! You'd likely hit the ledge if you fall before the second clip.
By dr.natalie
From: Boulder, CO
May 27, 2008

The 2 ledges make this a sketchy lead. Good climb on TR, but not worth it to me to ever climb again. The weird moves are right at ledge-decking potential.
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Jul 14, 2009

Did as one pitch from ground approaching via Disinclination. You can lower all the way off with a 70, maybe even a 60.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Jul 14, 2009

I fell at the crux before clipping the second bolt and did not hit the ledge. This was true even though I pulled my belayer off his feet causing him to fall down the hill at the base. So, you likely won't hit the ledge falling at the crux.
By Kevin Neilson
From: Boulder
Oct 3, 2011

Not a bad route, if you don't mind climbing a long 5.7 to do a very short 5.11a. It must get no traffic, because I had to smear on some lichen. I rappelled from the top to the ground with (what I belive was) a 60m. But there are two other sets of anchors on the way down.
By Peter J. Beyel
From: Glenwood Springs
Aug 1, 2013
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

This line would be a lot more enjoyable if the FA crew had brushed it more.