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This is a small tower at the north end of the East Ironing Board. Here you will find several short crack routes as well as a couple of sport routes. This formation is closed Feb 1-July 31 for raptor nesting. The Green Thumb is listed separately from the East Ironing Board because it is not easy to follow the south ridge of this Ironing Board to the Green Thumb - a nasty overhang bars progress at a point about 150' north of the top of Velvet Elvis.
The easiest way to reach the Green Thumb is from the saddle west of the Third Flatiron. Follow a faint trail west, staying north of the crest of the ridge. Soon you will see the Green Thumb to your left, follow a gully up to the saddle west of the Green Thumb (where the above photo was taken). You can also reach the Green Thumb from Bluebell Canyon by wandering up west of the East Ironing Board (past Velvet Elvis).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Green Thumb:
Green Crack 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch
Diagonal Finger Crack 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Farniente 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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Green Crack 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CO : Flatirons : ... : Green Thumb
This route is located in a SW facing alcove just south of the summit tower. It is not quite visible in the Green Thumb photo on the Green Thumb rock page, however if you walk 50' south from where that photo was taken you would see this alcove.The vertical crack in the back of the alcove is Green Crack (5.8+). Climb the crack, short but sweet. Rap back down from a small tree at the top. I would give this route 3 stars if it wasn't so short....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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