West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip Rock Climbing
We were gonna bring a bag of chips for the summit ...
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This well named giant flake is perched high on the West Ridge below Shirttail Peak. It is most obvious from the west, look for it on the skyline on your next hike up to the Rincon area. Although it appears there is no easy way to the top, it is in reality a prow of rock that thrusts westward from the ridge-crest and you can easily scramble up (or off) it from the ridge. On the south face is the classic bolted line "French Fry
(12b)", and on the west side is the convoluted "Regular Route
(10c)". It is quite a hike to this rock, and it is rarely visited.
Take the Rincon Trail past the Rincon Wall, and climb up the gully toward Shirttail Peak. Veer off to the southeast, watching for the namesake spire. Don't forget to bring bean dip!
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Weather station 0.3 miles from here
15 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
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Featured Route For West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
: Eldorado Canyon SP
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Although this route is only about 150' long, it is best to split it into three short pitches. The route starts on the west side of the Potato Chip.P1: Climb a rotten gully up under the north face of the Potato Chip. This pitch is unpleasant but not difficult (class 4). Belay at a tree below an obvious diagonal crack.P2: Ascend the Spud Nordwand via the diagonal crack! This crack overhangs slightly and varies a lot in width over its 50' length. There is one wide section which fortunately doe...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: The Potato Chip, as viewed from the last part of t...
Chip seen from Redgarden Ramp.
Wild feature just east of Hypothermia.
BETA PHOTO: The Potato Chip from Redgarden Wall.
|Comments on West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
By mike pont
Mar 2, 2008
I was up on the Potato Chip yesterday. Climbed on the bolted route to the right of French Fry. I can't find any info about it. Anyone been on it? O.K. route, as with most seldom climbed Eldo routes, a little chossy.
By Mark Roth
May 10, 2011
Almost as easy to approach from the Regarden Wall trail. More elevation gain, but maybe a little shorter distance.