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West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip

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Chives T 
Don't Peel T 
Eye of the Potato T,TR 
French Fry T,S 
Ground Control T 
Hypothermia T 
Idaho Express T 
Mountain Jam T 
Mr. Potato Head S 
Petite Giraffe T 
Poor Man's Wendego T 
Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) T 
Ruffles Have Ridges T 
Sour Cream T 
Treetop Flyer T 

West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip Rock Climbing 


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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',4],['5.9',5],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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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Photos of West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: BH on FA of French Fry.
BH on FA of French Fry.
Rock Climbing Photo: Wild feature just east of Hypothermia.
Wild feature just east of Hypothermia.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chip seen from Redgarden Ramp.
Chip seen from Redgarden Ramp.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Potato Chip, as viewed from the last part of t...
BETA PHOTO: The Potato Chip, as viewed from the last part of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Potato Chip from Redgarden Wall.
BETA PHOTO: The Potato Chip from Redgarden Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: We were gonna bring a bag of chips for the summit ...
We were gonna bring a bag of chips for the summit ...
Rock Climbing Photo: "Do you like chips?"
"Do you like chips?"
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Upper Redgarden from the summit.
View of Upper Redgarden from the summit.

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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
From: Boulder
May 10, 2011
Almost as easy to approach from the Regarden Wall trail. More elevation gain, but maybe a little shorter distance.

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