West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip Rock Climbing
From the south.
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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!
Climbing Season For the The West Ridge area.
Weather station 0.3 miles from here
15 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip:
Featured Route For West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
Mountain Jam 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CO
: Eldorado Canyon SP
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Start at a pillar with a nice hand crack above its left edge. Climb to the top of the pillar and engage the crack above. Easier climbing leads to a sloping ledge and a rotten overhang. Above the overhang is a great crack in a perfect open book. Getting over the overhang is the crux and while it is well-protected, there is a lot of loose crumbly rock to negotiate on the way. This might be a little scary for a leader at their limit. Above the overhang, climb the excellent crack to the ledge b...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Wild feature just east of Hypothermia.
Chip seen from Redgarden Ramp.
BETA PHOTO: The Potato Chip, as viewed from the last part of t...
BETA PHOTO: The Potato Chip from Redgarden Wall.
We were gonna bring a bag of chips for the summit ...
View of Upper Redgarden from the summit.
|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.