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Oct 9, 2012
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did a little searching in the forums and did not find what I was looking for..

Besides the snowflakes that will hopefully start falling soon, I'm interested in climbing some cool, moderate flake (up to 5.11). Any suggestions? does not have to be only flake climbing but it should have some cool flake moves...

thanks in advance- Addison
Addison
From Boulder, CO
Joined Sep 20, 2010
45 points
Oct 9, 2012
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Sport or trad?

Sport... try Toxxxic Entertainment at at Shelf, .10a.

Trad... the first thing that comes to mind for me is the first pitch of Backflip at Lumpy, 5.9.
brat
Joined Nov 28, 2007
80 points
Oct 9, 2012
Kor's flake. climber pat
From Las Cruces, NM
Joined Feb 5, 2006
156 points
Oct 10, 2012
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first pitch of loose ends in lumpy Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Joined Jul 3, 2007
213 points
Oct 10, 2012
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Addison wrote:
I'm interested in climbing some cool, moderate flake (up to 5.11).

Moderate is up to 5.11? OK, well then may I suggest Cary Granite on Mt. Evans?
There is a lot of flake on it too.
While this, at 11c, is at the upper end of your specs, it is also something that just went out of season, which gives you plenty of time to train for it next spring.
After a 150' first pitch of 5.10d (short crux) crack climbing, which actually climbs like a flake for the last 50' of diagonal 5.9:
Rock Climbing Photo: The crux of P1 of Cary Granite (shared with Good E...
The crux of P1 of Cary Granite (shared with Good Evans) is thin for hands and feet but is well-protected and solid rock.

You get to the second pitch, which is pretty much 5.10 open book and flake for 120':
Rock Climbing Photo: Kat A. starts up following the long P2 (5.11-) of ...
Kat A. starts up following the long P2 (5.11-) of Cary Grantie. This pitch is deceptively good!

And at the top of that open book and flake, you hit the crux roof flake of P2 (11a):
Rock Climbing Photo: Kat A. starts the battle with the P2 roof on Cary ...
Kat A. starts the battle with the P2 roof on Cary Granite, a harbinger of things to come....

Rock Climbing Photo: Kat A. transitioning from under-cling to knee-bar ...
Kat A. transitioning from under-cling to knee-bar under the roof on P2. An interesting solution....

Then comes the 3rd pitch. You'll want a strong partner with good thin face skills for the 11a/b traverse getting to the P3 flake (there is a reason why nobody has pictures of that - it is safe safe, they are "Watch me!" belaying). But once on the P3 flake it's up and over the roof at 11b/c, and it is well protected and it's a blast:
Rock Climbing Photo: Clean Dan Grandusky on the crux pitch, on the firs...
Clean Dan Grandusky on the crux pitch, on the first ascent of Cary Granite, 1990. The two cracks to the right are Good Evans and Road Warrior, respectively.

Rock Climbing Photo: Eric Johnson pulling the roof on P3.  Splitter, fr...
Eric Johnson pulling the roof on P3. Splitter, fresh granite.

Sorry, P4 is not as interesting. It isn't a flake pitch.
But maybe you'll have had your fill?

Enjoy the quest for the holy grail!
Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Oct 10, 2012
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Reggae in Eldo, they say it's a dihedral but it's more of a flake.. Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
605 points
Oct 10, 2012
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Tony B wrote:
OK, well then may I suggest Cary Granite on Mt. Evans?


2 Things:
1. Tony always gives great suggestions. I think he has climbed more routes and remembers them better then anyone I have come across.
2. That route looks great and is now on my todo list. Thanks Tony.

-Jon
cheifitj
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Jun 24, 2008
110 points
Oct 10, 2012
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Tony, thanks for posting. That looks amazing... something to aspire to for next summer.

2 route suggestions:
Moonlight Drive, Eldo
Cheap Date, Lumpy
Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
Joined Oct 20, 2007
144 points
Oct 10, 2012
The Bastille crack is pretty flakey, on the lower end of the spectrum and crowded, but you could lay back most of it. gunter
Joined Mar 2, 2011
13 points
Oct 10, 2012
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It's fairly moderate, but White Whale at Lumpy has a pretty spectacular flake on the first pitch. Evan S
From Erie, CO
Joined Dec 30, 2007
550 points


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