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West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip

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L to R R to L Alpha
Chives T 
Don't Peel T 
Eye of the Potato T,TR 
French Fry T,S 
Ground Control T 
Hypothermia T 
Idaho Express T 
Mountain Jam T 
Mr. Potato Head S 
Petite Giraffe T 
Poor Man's Wendego T 
Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) T 
Ruffles Have Ridges T 
Sour Cream T 
Treetop Flyer T 

West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip 


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Submitted By: George Bell on Apr 16, 2002
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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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!


15 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',4],['5.9',5],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip:
Hypothermia   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   
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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Ground Control 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part F - The P...
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Local Information for West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
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"Do you like chips?"
"Do you like chips?"
BH on FA of French Fry.
BH on FA of French Fry.
The Potato Chip, as viewed from the last part of the approach from the West. Photo by Tony Bubb, 1999.
BETA PHOTO: The Potato Chip, as viewed from the last part of t...
Chip seen from Redgarden Ramp.
Chip seen from Redgarden Ramp.
Wild feature just east of Hypothermia.
Wild feature just east of Hypothermia.
The Potato Chip from Redgarden Wall.
BETA PHOTO: The Potato Chip from Redgarden Wall.
From the south.
From the south.
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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
From: Boulder
May 10, 2011

Almost as easy to approach from the Regarden Wall trail. More elevation gain, but maybe a little shorter distance.