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The Dank Arete.
The Upper Satellite bouldering area is an excellent place to cool down in the summer heat and beat the crowds. You will rarely see other people there, very secluded. Plenty of nice tall free-standing boulders sit within a minutes walk from eachother. The boulders sit several hundred feet higher in elevation than the regular Satellite boulders, and are a little bit cooler in temps. During the winter months, not much sun hits the area so climbing can be a bit cold and snowy. Located in between the Second and Third Flatirons, most of the boulders actually sit right next to the Second Flatiron, in a water drainage. If you head towards the Third Flatiron away from the main boulders, you will run into a few good problems in the scree field, where several nice large boulders lean against eachother, creating some nice short steep lines.
Follow the same directions as for the regular Satellite boulders. When you get there, hike up the main trail passing the BBC boulder and the problem "Turningpoint" off to your right. Hike about 5 minutes until you see a faint trail heading steep to the right. Take that trail and after a couple minutes this will take you up a small ridge and into the drainage right at the base of the Second Flatiron. From there hike another 10-15 minutes straight up the drainage. You can't miss the boulders. You'll first encounter the route "Halley's Comet" on a large boulder sitting right in the drainage, all the other boulders are just uphill about 1 minute. The problems in the scree field are located just south of Halley's Comet, about 1 minute as well. Enjoy!
Eds. Please consider minimizing your impact when enjoying the area. There are already signs of erosion, plant trampling, etc. Do your best to ensure future access to this wonderful area!
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
15 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Countin' Dimes V7-8 7B CO
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This tall, beautiful face has at least a couple of routes on it, and although it may look a little chossy, all those tiny crimps and dime edges are solid. Directly in the center is a very cool line that climbs on tiny crimpers and very small edges for feet. It's slim pickings for holds, so delicate footwork and nice long reaches are involved. It's a pretty tall line, requiring a big move at the end as holds disappear, but the landing is pretty good with two pads. A few feet to the left looks eas...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
Unclimbed boulder in the scree field?
Super thin face to the right of the Dank Arete
Thin wall, nothing but dime edges.
Tyson H. pullin' through.
Misha Z.... using the completely wrong beta.
East face of the Boom Boulder.
Boom Boulder's tall north face.
By Ryando Smithman
From: Golden, CO
6 days ago
Not a bad little area. Doesn't see too much traffic, so it's quiet; a very nice quality. Definitely still room for development up here and plenty of problems just begging for more ascents.