|West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
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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Climb up jugs in the overhang and climb the concave face with a thin seam above. The crux is just above the overhang and is hard to protect. A #6 Camalot can be placed in a big pod just above the overhang and a ball nut will go in the seam about 6' higer. There is no other pro to protect the crux moves. Above, the climbing gets easier and a crack, slightly to the right, leads to the rap tree. This upper crack takes good gear....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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BH on FA of French Fry.
Chip seen from Redgarden Ramp.
BETA PHOTO: The Potato Chip from Redgarden Wall.
"Do you like chips?"
Wild feature just east of Hypothermia.
We were gonna bring a bag of chips for the summit ...
From the south.
|Comments on West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
|By mike pont|
Mar 2, 2008
I was up on the Potato Chip yesterday. Climbed on the bolted route to the right of French Fry. I can't find any info about it. Anyone been on it? O.K. route, as with most seldom climbed Eldo routes, a little chossy.
|By Mark Roth|
May 10, 2011
Almost as easy to approach from the Regarden Wall trail. More elevation gain, but maybe a little shorter distance.