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The Hand

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Back in Slacks 
Back in Yaks 
Cardboard Cowboy 
East Face/Hand 
Father on Fire 
Lackin' Slacks (aka The Full Monty) 
New Saigon 
Perfect Kiss (P1 of Rock Atrocity), The 
Power Bulge 
Quest for Balance 
Rock Atrocity 

The Hand 


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Elevation: 6,912'
Location: 39.9738, -105.2894 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    The Hand, so named for its resemblance to a mitten, is home to a "handful" of difficult sport lines. The steep lines on this formation are comprised of hard crimps and flakes on the upper sections of the wall, and gentle huecos at the bottom. Routes ascend the south and west faces of the formation and receive sun from late-morning to mid-afternoon. All the best lines finish at two bolt anchors for easy lowering off. The classic line Power Bulge (5.12c) takes a line up the steep south face of the formation, and the ever impressive Rock Atrocity (5.13d) takes the severly overhanging blank face high on the formations southwest corner. The south face is closed seasonally for bird nesting, but the west face remains open all year round.

    L->R:

    A. Quest for Balance, 11, 1p, 60', bolts.

    B. New Saigon, 11- R, 1p, 60', bolts.
    C. Cardboard Cowboy, 11, 1p, 45', bolts.
    D. Father on Fire, 10+, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.
    E. The Perfect Kiss (P1 of Rock Atrocity), 11+, 1p, 60', bolts.
    above E. Rock Atrocity, 13+, 1p, 50', bolts.
    F. Lackin' Slacks (aka The Full Monty), 11- R, 1p, 65', gear.
    G. Power Bulge, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
    H. Back in Slacks, 11, 1p, 50', bolts & missing pin.
    I. Back in Yaks, 9 R, 1p, 55', gear.

    J. East Face/Hand, 4, 3p, gear.


    Getting There 

    Park at NCAR Mesa and hike the Mallory Cave trail uphill for approximately 30-40 minutes. After passing the Der Zerkle formation, there is a faint climber's trail that skirts up the left side of The Hand's east face (slabby) into a rocky and wooded gully (if you find yourself at Mallory Cave you've gone a little bit too far). Continue up the gully, The Hand's south face should become aparant on the north side of the gully after several hundred feet. It is recognized by two sport lines that start on fifteen feet of enormous huecos. The west face routes can be found on the backside of the formation just uphill from the west face. Across the gully is Frankenstein's tower and Der Freischutz.


    11 Total Routes


    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',6],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Hand:
    New Saigon   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Quest for Balance   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Cardboard Cowboy   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
    Back in Slacks   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
    Power Bulge   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
    Browse More Classics in The Hand

    Featured Route For The Hand
    Ben entering the crux of Power Bulge.

    Power Bulge 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b  CO : Flatirons : ... : The Hand
    This route is on the south face of The Hand, just to the (climber's) right of Rock Atrocity on the very overhung southwest face and to the left of another slightly easier bolted line....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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    By doug rouse
    From: Denver, CO.
    Jun 24, 2008

    Greetings, wasn't there a route on the south-west corner called "The perfect Kiss"?? Is it still there? I remember it being a pretty fine line..back in '89....

    By Jason Haas
    From: Broomfield, CO
    Jun 24, 2008

    Doug, yes the route Perfect Kiss is an 11d that leads up to Rock Atrocity. The route is a little sharp and has some epoxy on some of the more fragile flakes.

    By doug rouse
    From: Denver, CO.
    Jun 24, 2008

    Right on. Thanks for the prompt response. Rock Atrocity...another route not listed? Not that I am trying to complain or anything, I think you guys do a really good job with the website. Funny how much Yapping goes on though!

    By Pinklebear
    Jul 24, 2010

    Two new applications have come in so far for the September 15 cycle (close of the deadline) for the Flatirons Fixed Hardware Review Committee; one is on the Hand. Others might come along in the next month or two, as well.

    Please go here to leave comments: flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordpress.com/category/route-applic>>>

    Date of the public meeting/vote to be announced in September.