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Above the initial buttress with Pagoda summit in background.  Photo by Bill Wright.

Above the initial buttress with Pagoda summit in background. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

The complete initial buttress from just below the start of the route.  Photo by Bill Wright.

The complete initial buttress from just below the start of the route. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

At the crux.  Photo by Bill Wright.

At the crux. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

High on the buttress.  Photo by Mark Oveson.

High on the buttress. Photo by Mark Oveson.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

Bill Wright starting up the first pitch.  Photo by Mark Oveson.

Bill Wright starting up the first pitch. Photo by Mark Oveson.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 29, 2009

Crescent Ridge with the summit of Pagoda Mountain behind.  Photo by Bill Wright.

Crescent Ridge with the summit of Pagoda Mountain behind. Photo by Bill Wright.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)

Jun 28, 2009

Ther perfect Layback crack (made to look harder than it is).

Ther perfect Layback crack (made to look harder than it is).

CO : Flatirons : ... : Angel's Way (5.2)

Oct 9, 2002

The end of the Freeway, and last Roach Flatiron climb for George.

The end of the Freeway, and last Roach Flatiron climb for George.

CO : Flatirons : ... : Freeway (5.0)

Oct 7, 2002

Approaching the spectacular summit of the Fifth Flatiron.

Approaching the spectacular summit of the Fifth Flatiron.

CO : Flatirons : ... : Northeast Face (5.6 R)

Oct 1, 2002

4th class climbing above the Red Tower.  The complex final Headwall is visible high above.

4th class climbing above the Red Tower. The complex final Headwall is visible high above.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Ellingwood Ledges (5.7)

Aug 13, 2002

Taken low on the route where the direct and normal starts merge.  Above George's head is the "Red Tower" - most parties rope up for the pitch that goes just left of it.

Taken low on the route where the direct and normal starts merge. Above George's head is the "Red Tower" - most parties rope up for the pitch that goes just left of it.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Ellingwood Ledges (5.7)

Aug 13, 2002

George Bell on the spectacular summit ridge of the Fifth Flatiron.  This photo was taken only about 20' below the summit.

George Bell on the spectacular summit ridge of the Fifth Flatiron. This photo was taken only about 20' below the summit.

CO : Flatirons : ... : East Face South Side or Lef... (5.5)

May 28, 2002

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : Boulder Outdoor Coalition A...
By: Mark Oveson When: Oct 13, 2011

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Comments: Boulder climbers, please take time to pick up your ballots and vote this election. If you don't have a ballot, go get one today:

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Your vote in this election could make a serious difference. Some city council members and candidates would take away your nighttime access and your ability to travel off trail. Don't let this happen.

Register to vote, and vote the Boulder Outdoor Coalition slate. Thanks, all.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Apache Peak : The Queen (5.0) : Photo
By: Mark Oveson When: Sep 7, 2010

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Comments: Actually, the square-topped tower on the right is the White Knight, and the pointy tower connected to it is the Knight's Pawn. The Queen is the darker-colored tower near the middle of the photo.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Pagoda Mountain : Crescent Ridge (5.6 PG13)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jul 13, 2009

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Comments: Bill Briggs provided the inspiration for Bill Wright and I to do this route. He has climbed the route several times, including a solo ascent described here:

adventurerun.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/wild-basin-rim-run/

Briggs is sure someone else must have climbed it before he did, but he doesn't know who did the FA, so he thinks it best that we leave it Unknown. We did not see any piton scars or other signs of passage.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : First Flatiron : Atalanta (5.3)
By: Mark Oveson When: Sep 6, 2006

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Comments: This is the best of the short routes high on the East Face of the First Flatiron. The crux is short and secure. A climb not to be missed.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : James Peak : Superstar Couloir (5.4)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jun 28, 2006

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Comments: Warren Teissier, John Prater, and I climbed Super Star on June 17, 2006. Conditions were very good. Overnight temps were sufficiently cold to produce very firm snow. There was plenty of snow still up there, but a few little crevasses were starting to form up high in the couloir. We avoided all the confusion about where the rock pitch goes by climbing the entire couloir, including the cornice. By staying on the far left side this goes nicely. Some rock protection is available in the upper c... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Fifth Flatiron : East Face South Side or Lef... (5.5)
By: Mark Oveson When: Nov 1, 2005

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Comments: I climbed this wonderful route with Rick Accomazzo this morning. This is perhaps my fourth or fifth time on the route. I'd put it on my list of Top Ten Flatiron routes that I'm comfortable soloing.

We found the ropeless downclimb for the first time this morning. It is not obvious, but once located it is not very difficult. Anyone capable of soloing this route should be capable of doing this downclimb, once you know where you're headed.

From the summit, downclimb 80' to a prominent notch ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Fifth Flatiron : East Face, North Side (5.3 R)
By: Mark Oveson When: Nov 1, 2005

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Comments: Rick Accomazzo and I found the ropeless downclimb off the Fifth Flatiron for the first time this morning. I'll elaborate on the earlier comment about how to do this. From the summit, downclimb 80' to a prominent notch in the northeast ridge. Find a hole that is just the right size and lower yourself through to a comfortable stance on a sloping shelf. A backpack will definitely not go through this hole unless it is removed from its wearer. A 200-pound person will go through. Don't ask me ho... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : Stairway to Heaven (5.3)
By: Mark Oveson When: Sep 13, 2005

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Comments: I climbed this route again this morning (September 13, 2005) with Rick Accomazzo. Kevin is right about the start. There are two overhangs visible from Skunk Canyon. Follow obvious dihedrals up the slabby start out of the canyon heading directly toward the smaller overhang on the right. Traverse left when it is reasonable to do so. The crux move, a single 5.2 step-around, is the only 5th-class climbing on this route, except for the downclimb.

Certain lines on this ridge seem to devolve in... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : James Peak : Shooting Star
By: Mark Oveson When: Jun 7, 2004

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Comments: Climbed Shooting Star on Saturday 6/5/2004 with Tim "the Client" Ulrich. Snow conditions were soft but still plenty of snow in there. Occasionally we postholed in the lower, flatter section but in the upper section we were able to kick steps as deep as we liked. We were in the couloir from about 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. I think the snow would have been firmer if we had been in a bit earlier. As it was, we brought a rope and rack but felt no need to use it. If the steep upper portion had been ice... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Fifth Flatiron : East Face South Side or Lef... (5.5)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jan 14, 2003

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Comments: This is the easiest and best climb on the Fifth Flatiron. Most of the climb is quite easy, and there are a couple of harder cruxes. The rock is near perfect, and the rating is probably a little high. I'd call it F4, with perhaps two moves of F5 to get over a bulgy step.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Fifth Flatiron : East Face, North Side (5.3 R)
By: Mark Oveson When: Jan 14, 2003

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Comments: After climbing this route this morning, I can confirm that it is considerably more difficult than the F4 (5.0-5.2) rating given in the Roach guidebook. This is not, in my opinion, the easiest route on this rock. That honor goes to the East Face, South Side route, which is also cleaner and more enjoyable (if not quite as long). I have soloed the South Side route more than once, and would probably not solo this North Side route. A better rating would be F5 (5.4).

Of course, it's always poss... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : The Matron : East Ridge (5.5)
By: Mark Oveson When: Aug 8, 2001

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Comments: The first pitch of this route can be intimidating for a beginning leader, as the first protection is 15-20 feet off the ground. The climbing up to this initial pro is solid 5.5. I have seen one party that was unable to lead this first pitch at all. I'd recommend the North Face route, which is slightly harder but much better protected, for leaders who are intimidated by this climb.


Contributed Forum Posts

Topic Title Forum Author Date
re: Climbing Accident in EldoradoColorado & Rocky Mountain RegionMark OvesonJan 30, 2006
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