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!
Climbing Season For the The West Ridge area.
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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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
Ground Control 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
: Eldorado Canyon SP
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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
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.