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BETA PHOTO: Flat Fields
Great slab climbing in an area that doesn't have too many slabs. Climb the well protected lower slab to the ledge where the climbing becomes much easier. Good thing, because its a long way to that first bolt and there's no pro to be found.
At the first bolt, the angle tips more vertical. Climb past the first bolt, then another to the top out.
This is the light colored south facing slab above three very large boulders downhill.
A few tiny to finger sized cams, 2 bolts. Anchor/rap on the tree slightly left of the line.
Midway through the easy runout section.
|By Austin Piper|
From: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Oct 24, 2010
rating: 5.9 R
Fun route, as long as you don't mind ~30 of almost unprotectable 5.7 slab. I was a able to get in a red tricam in a pocket about 10 feet up, and couldn't find anything else until I reached the first bolt (maybe 20 feet or so later?). Yes, the slab before the bolts is easy (an this is coming from someone who doesn't have much experience on slabs), if maybe not as clean as one would like. If you think you would feel comfortable getting to that first bolt, and want to climb something completely different from everything else at Cave Creek while you are there, Flats Fields is an enjoyable route.
From: Lawrence, KS
Mar 7, 2013
This route now has bolted anchors. A new route has been put up (still on the slab) to the right, and is fully bolted with its own anchors. IMO the new route goes roughly the same grade as its neighbor and is equally as fun climbing.