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Flop, The 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Woodruff, FFA Gillett
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Submitted By: Ross on May 13, 2012
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Description 

From the belay, go up 15 feet to a short grey ramp on the left which leads to a very nice hand crack. Follow the crack up and right to a stance, then follow the crack as it makes a break left and into a beautiful finger crack.


Location 

This is on the left side of Observatory Rock. It is split by a steep gully that faces South. This route starts at a bolted belay under the bushes and to the right of the bolted 12d face.


Protection 

Bring a very small cam or wire for ramp, #3 or #3.5 Camalot for the middle crack, finger sizes+ for the upper crack.



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By Lew Strong
From: Loveland/Vail, CO
Apr 1, 2014

This is a really nice, steep, crack climb. The bottom belay anchors are left of the juniper tree that is near the top of slab section of Skin Mechanic. We got to it by rapping hard left from the Skin Mechanic intermediate anchors. You can't see the anchors until you are near the tree. The blocks mentioned in Gillett's book seemed very stable. The starting dihedral is delicate and balancy, but after that, it is all vertical to overhanging hand and finger crack. The top anchors are awkwardly placed for bringing up the second. Probably better to tie off and belay from one of the trees above.