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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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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip:
Ruffles Have Ridges 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad
Chives 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Hypothermia 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
Eye of the Potato 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Potato Chip Route (Reg Rt) 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13 Trad
French Fry 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Trad, Sport
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Potato Chip Route (Reg Rt) 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13 CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part F - The P...
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
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