Doug Shepherd approaches Mous-Ka-Tears on 1/21/07
Believe it or not, "ice" climbs form in the Flatirons. They tend to provide a strange experience as they frequently feel serious and committing despite their proximity to Boulder. Protection tends to be scarce as does ice that provides good sticks, however the angle of the routes tends to compensate for the thickness and quality of the ice. The routes on the Flatirons seem to come in a few days after a big dump of snow during cold weather.
All of the documented routes are in the northern Flatirons, so park at Chataqua.
Weather station 2.4 miles from here
7 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Fourth Flatiron East Face AKA The Watercourse 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
M4 R CO
: CO Ice & Mixed
Overall, this is a worthwhile route if one is looking for something different to climb when conditions in the Flatirons are good. Perhaps not as good as the routes on the first 3 Flatirons but still quite entertaining.Follow the water groove on the left side of the east face 50 feet or so from the trail. This ends at a ledge with a small tree. We belayed here. Scramble down to the left onto a ramp which you follow up and left from the ramp step up onto another ledge with a tree. From here, drop ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jan 13, 2007
From what I've heard, there are ice climbs that form in the southern Flatirons and even up near MMW....
By Dougald MacDonald
Jan 13, 2007
I've done two ice climbs in the southern Flatirons. A three-pitch-or-so line forms almost every November of December up an otherwise undistinguished crag high on Bear Peak, to the south of Shanahan Crag. A fairly obvious talus slope diagonals up and left to reach it. A good three- or four-pitch line formed one year in the late 80s or early 90s up the middle of the east face of the Goose. We called it Wild Goose Chase, but I think Greg Davis and a partner had climbed it the week before (and probably Gary Neptune years before that). Both were fun and interesting and impossible to rate, like true alpine climbs: thin ice and mixed scratching on the 50-degree Flatiron slabs. Every Boulder ice climber should do one of these Flatiron ice climbs someday. They're unique and right in our backyard.