back to the OP -- anyone have descent beta on that long 5.2 on Slab Rock? (Don't recall the name; it traverses north to south but then tops out at that jutting part of the rock.) Since it does seem to top out I'm curious about descent options.
There are plenty of ways to get in trouble on the Flatirons without needing rain or wind to mess you up. It doesn't look like it, but there's plenty of subtle skills necessary to find the easy way on some of these things. With all the undergrowth, it's sometimes a reconn mission up 50 feet just to make sure you're on the right crag- I've had to DC and reaccess more than once. I had an adventure a few years ago on Satan Slab. I thought I'd be able to sneak west (left) around the roof crux and ended up on dicey 9+ well onto the west face. It took some cool nerves to eventually get back onto the creast and finish the route. Sketch kids (of course no rope or gear). Be careful out there.
Dell Bleekman wrote:
back to the OP -- anyone have descent beta on that long 5.2 on Slab Rock?all descent options. thanks Dell
I did Bulges to start on the Slab (far right/north side), but when I got to the summit ridge (where you can just scramble along the ridge until you get to hiking terrain to the west), I downclimbed the S facing corner and then diagonally climbed up the next section and repeated that again for the southern section. The cruxes were downclimbing the steep corners-with not great rock- between the main faces of the slab. It ended up being 1800-2000 feet of total climbing with those 5.8(?) downclimbing sections between the 5.6 slab being the toughest and scariest part. Found a sweet flying rib on that southern side that was pretty nice.
Speaking of Flatirons solos (sorry for the thread drift), I am having trouble identifying the crags on Dinosaur Mountain and I dont have a guidebook. Who can label the formations in this photo for me? Pic is from Dinosaur Rock page....
BTW, I usually try to avoid sketchy solo situations... But they happen. A broken hold is what scares me most. I usually have a rope for descents but maybe i will start bring some bail gear too (ya never know).