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Elevation: 6,713 ft 2,046 m
GPS: 39.9908, -105.2928
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Shared By: Ben Mottinger on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
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The First is a huge Flatiron with many good face routes starting from the bottom to the top of the East side. It's probably the 2nd largest Flatiron overall. The climbing is longer and more varied than the Third with huge flakes, dihedrals, and the rollercoaster ridge. Climbs range from about 4-10 pitches. Virtually every climb is a quality line. There is adventure and there are crowds. A 60m rope is nice for these routes, especially for the rappel.

On a rare winter, you can even find an ice climb here....

Getting There Suggest change

From Chautauqua Park (W on Baseline, near 9th, off US 36), take the diagonalling "Chautauqua Trail" from the parking lot. At the trail intersection once in the trees, go briefly south (L), then follow signs (R) for the 1st Flatiron to the base. Depending on which route you're going to do, either take the wooden bridge to the base (routes starting near the nadir) or stay on the trail and keep hiking up the hill to the left to another trail that leads to access for climbs that start higher on the East face (e.g. Fandango). Approaches range from 20-40 minutes for the casual walker.

19 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at First Flatiron

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
 114
Southwest Face
Trad
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 55
Atalanta
Trad
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 159
Baker's Way
Trad 6 pitches
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R
 158
East Face North Side
Trad 5 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 268
North Arete
Trad 5 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 240
Fandango
Trad 5 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 1,316
Direct Route
Trad 10 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 58
Fandango Variation
Trad 6 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 26
Butterfly
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 8
Way of the Ancients
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 79
Zig Zag
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 16
Yellow Brick Road
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 15
Red Slab Variation
Trad 7 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 10
Dumais Direct
Trad 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
 4
First in Flight
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Southwest Face
 114
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad
Atalanta
 55
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad
Baker's Way
 159
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 6 pitches
East Face North Side
 158
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R Trad 5 pitches
North Arete
 268
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 5 pitches
Fandango
 240
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 5 pitches
Direct Route
 1,316
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad 10 pitches
Fandango Variation
 58
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Butterfly
 26
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad
Way of the Ancients
 8
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad 3 pitches
Zig Zag
 79
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 5 pitches
Yellow Brick Road
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 6 pitches
Red Slab Variation
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 7 pitches
Dumais Direct
 10
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 6 pitches
First in Flight
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad
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