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This is a scruffy and almost untouched Flatiron that is so obscure as to be almost invisible until one is upon it. This is despite its height, which while recorded at 1200', is probably closer to 2000' if climbed in its entirety. Its low profile and angle keep it back out of view behind The Dreadnaught and the various 'Porch' Flatirons of Dinosaur Mountain.
Approach as for all of Skunk Canyon at first, via the Devil's Thumb or NCAR access to the Mesa Trail and into the Skunk Canyon trail. Follow this back past any semblance of a good trail, past the 4 Ridges on the North Side. Missing the "toe" of the North Ridge of Dinosaur Mountain on your left. It is just 100 yards past the Dreadnaught and missing it in all of the trees is not hard to do. If you pass it, it is recognizable from the West as being a few sharp 200' spires to on the Southern Side of the canyon. Go back downhill and climb this, the final ridge of rock on the South side of Skunk Canyon (North end of Dino Mt). This will not appear to be a 2000' line at first, but many false summits later, you will find yourself at the very tip of Dinosaur Mountain.
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The North Buttress 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 CO : Flatirons : ... : The North Ridge (of Dinosau...
This is a climb that is more difficult and engaging than it looks.Great movement outweighs a short section of poor rock before the crux.Climb up a 10 meter section of right-facing flake (5.8, cams from small to 0.75) to the top, and move left as it runs out onto a ledge (5.8). Work up and left across the ledge on moderate climbing (5.6, 4" piece optional) to just below a roof.Place some hand sized cams below the roof (red & yellow Camalots + long slings), and get ready for the crux. There was a...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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