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The Thing  

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Location: 39.9846, -105.2944 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Mar 31, 2002

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An appealing name? No. A nice little, triangular Flatiron between the 3rd and 4th Flatirons, sporting one of the longer straight cracks in the area with over 200 feet of splitter crack. Too bad it is only 45 degree in angle. This 3 pitch rock sports at least 2 routes on the E face. It makes for a nice outing to link Willy B, the Thing, and a few sport routes on the Ironing Boards for a day of less traveled adventure.

Getting There 

From Chataqua, you can bushwhack from the Royal Arch Trail once you pass the 3rd Flatiron, Queen Anne's Head, and WC Fields Pinnacle or approach via the Ironing Boards (when open) and angle SSW angling uphill somewhat.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Thing:
The East Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 400'   
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the crack on the thing

The East Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CO : Flatirons : ... : The Thing
This is a pretty good route in the Flatirons, with 2 long pitches or 3, if you don't want to run them together. You can certainly run them together with a 70M, and I think a 60m is what we successfully used.Arrive at the base of the east face of The Thing and locate a crack with some trees in it that goes through a roof (crux, but has good holds) and over a ledge, continuing up and left to another tree before ending. From there, climb easy face up and slightly left to the left margin of a huge f...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The Needles Eye.
The Needles Eye.

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By Mark Hyams
From: Albuquerque
Mar 15, 2003
I just climbed the The Thing today, after checking with a ranger at Chautaqua to make sure it is open, and IT IS OPEN. The only thing he said is that for the approach, go all the way to Sentinel Pass on the Royal Arch Trail, and then head west up the small ridge as if you were hiking to Green Mountain Pinnacle, and when you are even with the bottom of the rock, traverse over to it. Great route, by the way, and there are fixed slings on top for the rappel.
By Dan Mottinger
Mar 26, 2007
This rock is also known as the Needle's Eye and the Morning After (it goes by Morning After in Roach's guide).
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