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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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Hypothermia 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13 Trad
French Fry 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Trad, Sport
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Hypothermia 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part F - The P...
I really liked this route. It is steep and strenuous with really good moves and good gear. Some of the rock is suspect and certainly dirty. I had three stars worth of fun, but I'm afraid this one may be destined to obscurity. The hike is long, and the climb is short. The first 15 feet have some loose stuff, but you can avoid it. The crux starts at a little overhang where you can reach up and place bomber nuts in the finger crack above. As you undercling the hollow and fractured flake, kee...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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