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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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Killer position, awesome moves, but man what a pile! After I unweighted the first left foothold it crumbled, larger loose holds to the top...Which way is up? After the fourth bolt I was'nt sure where to go, so I went up. A bit hairy, but I did'nt have a sling to drape over this huge (loose) flake. Once on top...Where the *@&% is the anchor?? So I straddled the summit, lowered down my end to get two long tied runners and a big link to sling around the summit... Anyway, there is a defined crux ge...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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