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By Ed Wright
Apr 19, 2012
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Like Fat Dad above I had one anxious moment when I onsight soloed the east face of the first flatiron.

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By Dell Bleekman
Apr 21, 2012
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.

thanks
Dell

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By Mic Fairchild
From Boulder
Apr 22, 2012
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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.

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By talkinrocks
From Boulder, CO
Apr 22, 2012
Washburns Thumb.  Denali
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....

Dinosaur Mountain
Dinosaur Mountain



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).

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By Julian Smith
From Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 22, 2012
Julian Smith
Great story; thanks for sharing. Seems like a lot of us have had exactly the same adventure.

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By George Bell
From Boulder, CO
Apr 22, 2012
Hip trouble ...
OK, does this help?

Added text identifying formations on Dinosaur Moun...
Added text identifying formations on Dinosaur Mountain.

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By talkinrocks
From Boulder, CO
Apr 22, 2012
Washburns Thumb.  Denali
Perfect. THANKS!! Just what I needed. the Flatirons are already easier to negotiate. Now I just need one for all the formations in the entire Flatirons. Just kidding.

George, Thanks for the effort here and elsewhere in the database. Solid work.

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