First Flatironette Rock Climbing
The First dominates the view, but the Flatironette...
The First Flatironette is very well described by its name. What comes to mind, a smaller, easier version of the First Flatiron? You've got it! The two rocks are practically attached as well. I could not have thought of a better name.
Come to think of it, I could not have though of a better venue to introduce a new climber to the sport, at least for slab climbing. The rock is bulletproof, by and large, with nice edges, pockets and cracks available in most areas of the cliff. I've never seen it crowded either. Due to its low angle, the 350' long East Face is sunny from Early morning until beyond noon, and shady late in the day.
To descend from any route on it, scramble along the ridge up top to a point where you can step, climb or scamble off to the west, then walk north past a gully, past The Spy, and continue North down a hill until you reach a well-traveled East/West Trail. Head East on this trail to gain the cliff base again. This trail is pretty good and should take only 5-10 minutes.
Approach as per the First Flatiron until just before the foot bridge at the base. There is a clear sign designating the branch toward the Flatironette vs. The Flatiron. Take this to a trail that runs below the cliff line. When you see the route you are intending to do, walk up from the main trail to the base and set up to climb.
Weather station 2.2 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For First Flatironette
South Arete 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c CO
: ... : First Flatironette
This route appears in Rossiter's book in detail and description, but in name was mistakenly called "North Arete." Start at the lowest point of the First Flatironette, at its south-most ridge and climb to the summit. Along the way there are many opportunities for moves harder than 5.2, but always a chance to avoid them. This route is probably 4th class, in reality. It ascends 400+ feet of climbing on a rock which is probably 300' tall. Along the way you come to several false summits, similar to t...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: Closeup of the First Flatironette with the huge fa...
By Rick Blair
Oct 25, 2008
After you get to the top of the first Flatironette, if you look down the gully between it and the Spy you will see a large dead tree. The tree is completely denuded of bark, totally smooth and made a great rap anchor. The rope pulled flawlessly. Be sure to knot the ends of your rope because the rap ends at 4th class climbing, a 70m will go to the bottom. If you take it easy on the tree and keep your rope running as close to the base as possible, there will be many years of rapping left for this tree.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 26, 2008
I would be nervous rapping off any dead tree. They have no "incentive" to remain attached to the rock, and can become dry and brittle and fail suddenly. This particular tree is probably fine, but I myself would choose the easy walk off since there is one available.
By Rick Blair
Dec 9, 2009
George, fair enough, recommending a dead tree as an anchor may not be the most responsible comment I have left on this site. Anyone reading this, don't assume you are rapping off the same tree I did and don't rap off of dead trees in general;-)