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This well named giant flake is perched high on the West Ridge below Shirttail Peak. It is most obvious from the west, look for it on the skyline on your next hike up to the Rincon area. Although it appears there is no easy way to the top, it is in reality a prow of rock that thrusts westward from the ridge-crest and you can easily scramble up (or off) it from the ridge. On the south face is the classic bolted line "French Fry (12b)", and on the west side is the convoluted "Regular Route (10c)". It is quite a hike to this rock, and it is rarely visited.
Take the Rincon Trail past the Rincon Wall, and climb up the gully toward Shirttail Peak. Veer off to the southeast, watching for the namesake spire. Don't forget to bring bean dip!
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Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
French Fry 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, Sport
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Start at a pillar with a nice hand crack above its left edge. Climb to the top of the pillar and engage the crack above. Easier climbing leads to a sloping ledge and a rotten overhang. Above the overhang is a great crack in a perfect open book. Getting over the overhang is the crux and while it is well-protected, there is a lot of loose crumbly rock to negotiate on the way. This might be a little scary for a leader at their limit. Above the overhang, climb the excellent crack to the ledge b...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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