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By Animal Chin
Oct 18, 2013
If you had to deal with the city and the ever increasing red tape on a daily basis you would understand.

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By Christopher Barlow
Oct 18, 2013
Politics, complaints, guerrilla tactics, and legitimate frustrations aside, I think it's worth showing some appreciation for the FCC and the BCC for their efforts to represent climber interests in the last few weeks. I know through personal connections that several folks have put in a lot of effort, time, and patience to gain access to what is, as of this afternoon, a major portion of the Flatirons climbing resource. Thanks, guys. And, thanks to all the volunteers who have put in extra time to hike trails, document their status, and begin putting them back together.

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By Paul-B
Oct 18, 2013
Flakes of Wrath
Christopher Barlow wrote:
Politics, complaints, guerrilla tactics, and legitimate frustrations aside, I think it's worth showing some appreciation for the FCC and the BCC for their efforts to represent climber interests in the last few weeks. I know through personal connections that several folks have put in a lot of effort, time, and patience to gain access to what is, as of this afternoon, a major portion of the Flatirons climbing resource. Thanks, guys. And, thanks to all the volunteers who have put in extra time to hike trails, document their status, and begin putting them back together.


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Truly grateful for the hard work of all those out there working to open the trails!

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By Flatirons Climbing Council
Oct 24, 2013
Flagstaff bouldering is now open. Hike-in access only as Flagstaff Rd remains closed to the public. Flagstaff Trail, Crown Rock Trail, Gregory Canyon Trail and other Flagstaff summit trails are all open. Night and on-trail restrictions have been lifted in these areas. The road to the Gregory Canyon Trailhead parking lot was destroyed but as a trail it is open to peds.

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By Adam Knoff
From Boulder, CO
Oct 24, 2013
Can anyone shed any light on what's going on with the Second? Sort of odd that everything around it is open but it's still closed. I did notice the huge debris pile wedged against the boulder at the bottom. Are they concerned about more loose debris coming down? Equally strange that it's shown as closed online but there's no sign indicating as such on the trail. Just curious more than anything.

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By Flatirons Climbing Council
Oct 25, 2013
The Second Flatiron is open. See this map for open terrain among First, Second and Third Flatirons.

The following formations in the Gregory Canyon Ampitheatre area are now open:

Fifth Pinnacle
Fifth Pinnacle (North Ridge)
Fouth pinnacle
Gregory Flatironette (fifth pinnacle)
Second Pinnacle
South Amphitheater Pinnacle
Third Pinnacle

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By Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Oct 25, 2013
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "...
Thanks FCC - now we have to get them to open the Royal Arch trail through as far as they can. We can line up hundreds of Vol's over a week if that's what they want.

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By Flatirons Climbing Council
Nov 5, 2013
The closure list has grown pretty small. Remaining closures and status:

Skunk Canyon – although the Skunk Canyon Trail is slated for re-opening by 12/31 it is the Mesa Trail, slated for 2014, that provides access to the mouth of the canyon and climbing. The gully-crossing is blown and a few switchbacks up the northern hillside were swept by a sluff. Skunk has a Feb 1 raptor closure.

Royal Arch Trail (formations include S Face – Third Flatiron, Ironing Boards, Fourth and Fifth Flatiron, Royal Arch, etc.). The Bluebell blow-out at Royal Arch Tr (slated for 2014) will require some time before re-opening. The wheels are in motion as we work with OSMP on this significant project. The Third F’iron and Ironing Boards have a Feb 1 raptor closure.

The Matron – The access trail, South Shadow Canyon Trail, was damaged and is slated to be re-opened by 12/31.

Eldo crags along Eldorado Canyon Trail(formations include Physical, Veil, SoBo and Diamond Head) – All should be open this week.

Recent openings include:

Boulder Canyon - The Dome and Elephant Buttresses are open. The Standard Route (5.7) on the Third Elephant Buttress is closed due to a large, loose flake that threatens the water pipe.

Mickey Mouse Wall – open. Please note: Eldorado Canyon State Park discourages hiking the Fowler Trail near the eastern Park boundary due to flood damage. Please don’t use this trail to approach M Mouse.

The Sacred Cliffs are open.


Night restrictions apply. Off-trail restrictions do not apply in climbing areas but do elsewhere. Additional flood-related information may be found at OSMP's website .

In addition to our focus on climbing terrain we’re also working with OSMP on trail restoration plans/projects. There are three critical north/south links in the Mesa Trail that remain closed and have the unfortunate effect of nearly isolating adjacent areas without a major detour. The Mesa Tr is blown-out at three gully crossings: Bluebell, Skunk and Bear Canyons. OSMP’s Long Range Plan indicates 2014 re-opening for each. We intend to help expedite re-openings via planning and volunteer projects. We'll keep everyone posted as we work on all these issues and more.

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