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The first major formation west of the Third Flatiron. A four-humped fin oriented generally south (nadir) to north (zenith). Marked, when viewed from the east, by a large balanced rock on the lower end. See Rossiter "The Flatirons", p. 172 for a great photo and a not-so-useful description of the approach.
From Chautauqua, hike up the Kinnikinnic road, or up the Chautauqua trail, past the Bluebell Shelter, and onto the Royal Arch Trail. Pass the 'y' turnoff to the 2nd and 3rd Flatiron access trail, and continue up. Where the trail takes a sharp U-turn bend to the left, there is a large boulder in the trail with "(left arrow) Royal Arch” painted on it. Take a hard right, over a fallen tree, maybe past a “Seasonal Wildlife Closure” sign, and gain an incipient path down into Bluebell Canyon. The trail dips and rolls a bit, crosses to the canyon bottom, and then begins to climb. Follow the obvious line of least resistance, and work far right or bear right when a sketchy scramble seems imminent. Shortly you will encounter a 3rd class scramble up to a level area with a large gray boulder on your right and a wonderful profile of the third at two-o'clock. You are at the nadir of the East Ironing Board. Work right to gain the bottom of the east face, or turn sharply left and follow the trail up to the west face. Stay close to the rock as you scoot around the end, and remember to bear right when things look sketchy. Shortly, you will arrive in the gully of the West face, and gain an obvious trail which switchbacks up. The first obvious line is Hunka' Hunka' Burnin' Love (10b), a 7 bolt line which has three rather closely-spaced bolts protecting the initial passage through a pebbled roof onto a face. Further up the slope you will see the obvious roof through which one gains access to Velvet Elvis (11a), Hammer of Thor (10c) and Sunbreeze (10b).
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Smooth 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Velvet Elvis 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 2 pitches
Slave to the Rhythm 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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Slave to the Rhythm 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c CO : Flatirons : ... : East Ironing Board
Unusually steep for the Flatirons, and peppered with pebbles and cobble stones, Slave to the Rhythm (STTR) is Boulder's little slice of Maple Canyon.Climb an easy groove and traverse in from the left making some hard moves to gain an obvious set of huecos about 15 feet off the ground. From the huecos, make a long reach to a pebble (crux#1), and continue moving right using small pockets and cobbles until you reach the first good rest. After recovering, make a couple of more right trending...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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