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Submitted By: Warren Teissier on Oct 8, 2001
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Description 

The Fist or Hippo Head (depending on whose guidebook you use) sits high above the Southern end of the East side of Green Mountain and is the highest Flatiron on its East face.

Technically it is part of the same rock strata as Angel's Way which is the Third Ridge on the North side of Skunk Canyon, although it is indeed separate from that ridge. Due to its location, it is typically climbed after completing any of the Northern Skunk Canyon Ridges or the Fifth Flatiron.

The climbs on the Fist are great and the views are hard to beat.


Getting There 

Probably the best hiking approach is to start from Chataqua and follow the Royal Arch trail to the Arch and then hike West staying south of the Fifth Flatiron and North of the Hourglass. The trail is clear but steep and loose at times. The trail will deposit you on the East face of the Fist. From here, you'll need to navigate around it depending on the route you choose.

From the Fist, you can hike Northeast to the Greeman trail for a nicer descent back to Chataqua or descend East as described above.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Fist or Hippo Head:
East Face/Hippo Head   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 330'   
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South Ramp 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  CO : Flatirons : ... : The Fist or Hippo Head
This route is at the Eastern-most ramp on the South face. Coming from the East face, it'll be immediately after turning onto the South face. It is easily identifiable due to a unique 6 inch water groove that may or may not be wet.The route goes up this ramp / water groove all the way to the ledge below the summit block.The first 30 feet of the first pitch provide the crux. The rock is VERY polished, and there is no protection to be had. Continue up the ramp until you reach a large ledge/meadow w...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Leo Paik
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From: Westminster, Colorado
Oct 29, 2012

The rappel down the West face is off of an old #10 hex & big tricam with an old, faded sling with 2 rings, an old, faded sling, and a bit of rope. The pieces really don't fit the crack ideally, but they are adequate. Pull down and not up. You rappel down a crack on the West Face, which may be the "North Face" 5.7 crack, but it may not be.