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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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Hypothermia 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
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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Eye of the Potato 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part F - The P...
This route has some great moves on cool, featured rock. The protection on the other hand was uninspiring. Let's just say I'm glad I top-roped it! Pull big, rotten jugs above the little cave. Awkward stemming gets you through the crux dihedral. More stemming leads to the upper bulge which can be climbed multiple ways all without much pro.......[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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