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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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip:
Hypothermia 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
French Fry 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, Sport
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Ground Control 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part F - The P...
The crux comes right away on this one. It's way harder than it looks. Those jugs you are going for don't actually exist. Maybe it is stiff for 5.8, but that's what the plus is for, right? You can get overhead gear for the start anyway (a nut or small cam, or both). Crank into the corner and continue cruising up great featured rock with OK gear. Make sure to place gear when you reach the rotten band under the roof. There is a good #3 or a hex on the lower right side of the band. Mak...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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