This climb is rated a classic by Gerry Roach.
Start at the low point of the East face (South side) The initial part of the climb takes place on a rock that is linked to the base of the Hillbilly.
Move up via the path of least resistance trying to stay close to the Left side of the East face. The rock is of great quality and perhaps a bit steeper than your average Flatiron scramble.
It is really easy to stray into much harder climbing if the correct path is not followed. Protection opportunities although available are sparse and dubious (thin flakes).
Descent - rappel 60' North to the ground or downclimb the North face route or the alternate descent (see comment on the North face route).
Eds. this is listed as "East Face Left" on p. 98 of Jason Haas' Climbing Boulder's Flatirons.
Standard Flatiron rack.
|Photos of East Face South Side/Hillbilly Slideshow
East Face Left, Hillbilly Rock.
Upper part of Hillybilly Rock East Face, South Sid...
|Comments on East Face South Side/Hillbilly
May 1, 2003
This was the very first Flatiron climb I came to in Boulder for a solo scramble back around 1990 or so. I picked it because Roach's guidebook said it was a perfect beginner's route, lower angle than usual with good pro (for some reason although I was planning to scramble that made me feel better).
I backed off it then, thinking I had a long ways to go as a climber, came back a few times over the years and kept backing off because I didn't feel comfortable with it, and only recently finally went up and did it as a scramble.
By now I've done almost all of Roach's Flatiron classics and I have to say this is more like F4 or F5 than F3. Roach isn't off very often, but I think there are a few routes where he really goofed the rating (S. Sneak on the 2nd which should be F4 - F5 instead of F3 and Sunset Flatiron which should be F3 instead of F5 come to mind).
Anyway no big deal but if you're a beginner and see Roach's recommendation take it with a few grains of salt.
|By Rob Nevitt|
From: Louisville, CO
Aug 28, 2008
My partner Dale and I were on this route yesterday. We have been on loads of Flatiron routes.
We were both really surprised at the lack of holds and lack of pro. We were anticipating a fairly easy climb, but that was NOT the case for us. If you are looking for an easy Flatiron moderate, I suggest you look elsewhere.
|By Frosty Weller|
Jul 18, 2013
rating: 5.2 3 8 II D 2c
Thought this was dang good Flatirons solo. Once up the lower section, I went right a little to gain the SE arete on Hillbilly itself. Great fun climbing up there with good exposure.
It does get spicy if you get off the correct path. It took a little bit for me to piece it together as the Haas guide photo seems to show going left of the SE arete, up a dihedral that looked harder/scarier.