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This small pinnacle is between the Hand and Finger Flatiron and directly above (west of) Mallory Cave. It does not resemble a shark's fin but has a rather pointed and spectacular summit. The Box looks much more like a shark's fin and is featured on the cover of the old Boulder Climbs North.
For east face routes, take the Mallory Cave trail to the cave. To reach the back (west) side, continue on this trail past Mallory Cave until you can get into the gully west of the Finger Flatiron. Move down this gully (south), and the Shark's Fin will appear from behind the Finger Flatiron.
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North Side 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a CO : Flatirons : ... : Shark's Fin
This is an interesting scrambling tour from Mallory Cave. While hikers are often seen investigating this route, it is important to realize that it is a technical climb - a fall from the upper portion would be serious. For technically compentent climbers, though, it is a reasonable and fun free solo. Be extra cautious about knocking rocks off on hikers below. In 2001, this route (and the entire Mallory Cave Area) was closed April 1 to Oct 1.Begin 80' east of the opening of Mallory Cave. Gain...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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