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101 Conquistadors 
A7 -V1 
Across 
Aerogel 
Angular Momentum 
Antimatter 
Assimilation Arete 
Attack of the Moss Clods 
Baby Bear Hug 
Balance in Nature 
Blastoff Left 
Blastoff Right 
Bleep Traverse 
Blowin' the Hatch 
Breaking Point, The 
Campus Corner 
Captain Hook 
Catching Waves 
Coefficient of Friction 
Collective Direct, The 
Collective, The 
Cramped Quarters 
Dark Side of the Moon 
Devil's Work  
Docking Mechanism 
Docking Port 
Dr. Mindbender 
East Warmup 
Face Full of Brian 
Flesh Fest (STAND) 
Fleshfest 
Girlfriend Slot, The 
Girlfriend Traverse, The 
Girlfriend's Backside 
Girlfriend's Hip Pocket 
Grundel City Boy 
Gully Diver 
Hard Traverse, The 
Hidden Warmup 
High Frequency 
Lawn Dart 
Lefty Loosey 
Low Frequency 
Mailslot, The 
Major Tom 
Making Waves 
Midrange 
Mission Control 
Moonwalk 
Mothership Overhang 
Nanoprobe 
NE Corner of The Mothership 
North Star 
One Small Step 
Original Grapple 
PIP's Dyno 
Re-Entry Burn 
Reach for the Stars 
Riding the Wave 
Righty Arete-y 
Room With a View 
SDS 
Seclusion 
Sloper Thief 
Smooth Ride 
South Warmup 
Space Oddity 
Spacelab 
Spaceman Spiff 
Spacewalking Left 
Spacewalking Right 
Sputnik 1.5 
Sputnik Left 
Sputnik One 
Sputnik Three 
Sputnik Two 
Squat to Pee 
Sudden Change 
Toe to Toe 
Trial By Fire 
Turning Point, The 
Two Aretes Are Better Than One 
Unshaven Slab 
Wave Overhang 
Wave Traverse, The 
Witch Hunt 
Your Mother 
Zero G 

Satellite Boulders  


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Description 

Right at the base of the Second Flatiron a collection of boulders exist that offer some killer problems. Although it's the same kind of rock as Flagstaff, it doesn't seem to hurt as much. Some classic hard problems like The Turning Point (V9) are found here along with plenty of others that are fun and not near as hard. The best time to go is when there is no snow on the ground because you find tons of chalked things that may not be in any book, but are really good problems. This is a great after work or school destination because it is so close and offers things to goof around on, or serious projects that will take you several weeks or months to complete, unless your name is Sharma.

Getting There 

Walk up the road in Chataqua almost to the Bluebell Shelter then take the trail that branches off left to the second flatiron. You should go over a small wooden bridge a few yards along the trail, if this doesn't happen, you're on the wrong trail. Keep going on this trail and take a [right] to the second flatiron when the trail forks. The trail will fork again almost at the base of the second flatiron and this is where the climbing begins. Most of the bouldering is up on the left trail, but some stuff can be found off to the right.

[The trail you take at the beginning is the access trail to the Second and Third Flatiron, then you stay left and take the trail to the Third Flatiron. Most of the boulders are just a little way up this trail. Although you start on the [Royal Arch] trail, don't stay on it when the trail breaks.]

Stewardship 

Please consider minimizing your impact when enjoying the area. There are already signs of erosion, plant trampling, etc. Do your best to ensure future access to this wonderful area!

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.3 miles from here

88 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',36],['1 Star',25],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',23],['V2-3',29],['V4-5',16],['V6-7',12],['V8-9',6],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Satellite Boulders:
Sputnik Two   V0 4     Boulder   
Sputnik One   V1 5     Boulder   
A7 -V1   V1 5     Boulder   
Major Tom   V3 6A     Boulder   
Original Grapple   V4 6B     Boulder   
Seclusion   V4 6B     Boulder, 8'   
Zero G   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   
Balance in Nature   V5 6C     Boulder   
The Hard Traverse   V5 6C R     Boulder   
Aerogel   V5 6C     Boulder   
Nanoprobe   V5 6C     Boulder, 13'   
Gully Diver   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   
Flesh Fest (STAND)   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   
Toe to Toe   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Girlfriend's Backside   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Face Full of Brian   V8 7B     Boulder   
The Turning Point   V9 7C     Boulder   
Captain Hook   V9 7C     Boulder, 10'   
Grundel City Boy   V9 7C     Boulder   
Fleshfest   V10 7C+     Boulder   
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Featured Route For Satellite Boulders
Slightly obscured by the branches, Chip tries to remember where the good topout holds are, by Jen Tiahrt.

Gully Diver V5-6 6C+  CO : Flatirons : ... : Satellite Boulders
Pass the Sputnik Boulder like you are going up to the Lower Satellites. When you get to the fork, instead of going left up the climbers trail next to the huge wall known as The Wave, go up the right fork of the trail to the base of The Second Flatiron.Where the trail meets the base of the Second Flatiron, a cube-like boulder reminiscent of a Borg Cube on Star Trek is on your left. Go left up a steep social trail parallelling the Second Flatiron and this problem is on the rounded northwest corner...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Satellite Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Captain Hook.
Captain Hook.
Excessive tick marks? I'd say so....
BETA PHOTO: Excessive tick marks? I'd say so....
Girlfriend's backside.
Girlfriend's backside.
BETA PHOTO
Sputnik Boulder
BETA PHOTO: Sputnik Boulder
MZ on "Mr. Cakes", a new V7 near the Satellites.
MZ on "Mr. Cakes", a new V7 near the Satellites.

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 28, 2002
...There is an easy problem in this area, anybody know what it is? It is right off the trail to the west near where the 3rd Flatiron, 2nd Flatiron trails diverge. A 20' tall boulder with a big dead tree leaning against it. You go up the face right next to the dead tree and can rejoin the trail up higher as it switchbacks around the boulder. It must be V0 or easier if I can do it!
By Chip Phillips
From: Broomfield, CO
Jul 4, 2002
It's Sputnik Two, George. I noticed in your bio you would rather pull weeds than boulder ... you're busted.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 5, 2002
Uh oh ... OK I admit I did go bouldering ONCE.Well, uh, I have tried the Monkey Traverse several times but have never made the whole thing. Basically, I suck at bouldering!
By Bryan Gartland
From: Helena, MT
Feb 7, 2005
The route pulldown for the Satellites is getting a bit unwieldy at 70+ problems. Seems to me that it could use its own Area listing.
By Joshua Merriam
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 21, 2007
Could we re-organize this area to clean up some of the extranious entries and give a better overview? I'll submit some overview pictures, but others probably know the area better than me.
By D@n
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 10, 2008
There's a 'new' problem at the Satellites and was wondering if anyone wanted to contribute some beta (name, grade, FA) for it. If you're facing Grundel City Boy, it's directly behind you about 70' up the hill. It's the short boulder (10' tall) with a cool 3' horizontal roof at about chest height. Starts in the back of the roof and moves to the lip via the enormous heel hook jug. Crimpers on the face gains you the top. Some guys I tried it with said it was about V7. Good problem. 2-3 stars.
By Joshua Merriam
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 17, 2008
Is this the same boulder as Blowin the Hatch?

How do you start - heel hooked, or with feet on the lower boulder-piece?
By Chip Phillips
From: Broomfield, CO
Sep 18, 2008
Toe to Toe V7/8, FA: EZ Harrison, 2008.

See problem description for more.
By Wombat
From: Boulder, co
Oct 2, 2010
Does anybody else think that this area should be separated into sectors so as to better understand where these problems are? It is a constant challenge to find information about problems based off of their name/grade alone and not the specific location. Any help would be awesome.
By Kegan Minock
From: colorado springs
Oct 1, 2014
Does anyone have any information about the problem on the A7 boulder to the left of Captain Hook? It climbs out the steep and tall overhang over a poor landing. Thanks!