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Areas in Satellite Boulders

A-7 Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
BBC Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Base of 2nd Flatiron Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Dark Side Boulders/Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Girlfriend Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Misc East Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Mothership, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Sputnik Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Stardust Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Wave Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
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Description

Right at the base of the Second Flatiron a collection of boulders exists that offer some killer problems. Although it's the same kind of rock as Flagstaff, it doesn't seem to hurt as much. Some classic hard problems like The Turning Point (V9) are found here along with plenty of others that are fun and not near as hard. The best time to go is when there is no snow on the ground, because you find tons of chalked things that may not be in any book but are really good problems. This is a great after work or school destination, because it is so close and offers things to goof around on, or serious projects that will take you several weeks or months to complete, unless your name is Sharma.

Getting There

Walk up the road in Chataqua almost to the Bluebell Shelter then take the trail that branches off left to The Second Flatiron. You should go over a small wooden bridge a few yards along the trail. If this doesn't happen, you're on the wrong trail. Keep going on this trail and take a [right] to The Second Flatiron when the trail forks. The trail will fork again almost at the base of The Second Flatiron, and this is where the climbing begins. Most of the bouldering is up on the left trail, but some stuff can be found off to the right.

[The trail you take at the beginning is the access trail to the Second and Third Flatiron, then you stay left and take the trail to the Third Flatiron. Most of the boulders are just a little way up this trail. Although you start on the [Royal Arch] trail, don't stay on it when the trail breaks.]

Stewardship

Please consider minimizing your impact when enjoying the area. There are already signs of erosion, plant trampling, etc. Do your best to ensure future access to this wonderful area!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Satellite Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 83
Sputnik Two
Boulder
V1 5
 100
Sputnik One
Boulder
V1 5
 36
Sputnik 1.5
Boulder
V1+ 5
 171
A7 -V1
Boulder
V3- 6A
 56
Major Tom
Boulder
V4- 6B
 130
Original Grapple
Boulder
V5 6C
 78
Aerogel
Boulder
V5 6C
 70
Zero G
Boulder
V6 7A
 43
Balance in Nature
Boulder
V6 7A
 43
Re-Entry Burn
Boulder
V7 7A+
 42
Girlfriend's Backside
Boulder
V8 7B
 83
The Turning Point
Boulder
V8 7B
 39
Face Full of Brian
Boulder
V9 7C
 25
Captain Hook
Boulder
V9 7C
 18
Fleshfest
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sputnik Two Sputnik Boulder
 83
V0 4 Boulder
Sputnik One Sputnik Boulder
 100
V1 5 Boulder
Sputnik 1.5 Sputnik Boulder
 36
V1 5 Boulder
A7 -V1 A-7 Boulder
 171
V1+ 5 Boulder
Major Tom BBC Boulder
 56
V3- 6A Boulder
Original Grapple BBC Boulder
 130
V4- 6B Boulder
Aerogel Stardust Boulder
 78
V5 6C Boulder
Zero G BBC Boulder
 70
V5 6C Boulder
Balance in Nature BBC Boulder
 43
V6 7A Boulder
Re-Entry Burn BBC Boulder
 43
V6 7A Boulder
Girlfriend's Backside Girlfriend Boulder
 42
V7 7A+ Boulder
The Turning Point BBC Boulder
 83
V8 7B Boulder
Face Full of Brian A-7 Boulder
 39
V8 7B Boulder
Captain Hook A-7 Boulder
 25
V9 7C Boulder
Fleshfest BBC Boulder
 18
V9 7C Boulder
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George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
...There is an easy problem in this area, anybody know what it is? It is right off the trail to the west near where the 3rd Flatiron, 2nd Flatiron trails diverge. A 20' tall boulder with a big dead tree leaning against it. You go up the face right next to the dead tree and can rejoin the trail up higher as it switchbacks around the boulder. It must be V0 or easier if I can do it! Jun 28, 2002
Chip Phillips
Broomfield, CO
Chip Phillips   Broomfield, CO
It's Sputnik Two, George. I noticed in your bio you would rather pull weeds than boulder ... you're busted. Jul 4, 2002
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
Uh oh ... OK I admit I did go bouldering ONCE.Well, uh, I have tried the Monkey Traverse several times but have never made the whole thing. Basically, I suck at bouldering! Jul 5, 2002
Bryan Gartland
Helena, MT
Bryan Gartland   Helena, MT
The route pulldown for the Satellites is getting a bit unwieldy at 70+ problems. Seems to me that it could use its own Area listing. Feb 7, 2005
Joshua Merriam
Boulder, CO
Joshua Merriam   Boulder, CO
Could we re-organize this area to clean up some of the extranious entries and give a better overview? I'll submit some overview pictures, but others probably know the area better than me. Aug 21, 2007
D@n Morta
Boulder, CO
D@n Morta   Boulder, CO
There's a 'new' problem at the Satellites and was wondering if anyone wanted to contribute some beta (name, grade, FA) for it. If you're facing Grundel City Boy, it's directly behind you about 70' up the hill. It's the short boulder (10' tall) with a cool 3' horizontal roof at about chest height. Starts in the back of the roof and moves to the lip via the enormous heel hook jug. Crimpers on the face gains you the top. Some guys I tried it with said it was about V7. Good problem. 2-3 stars. Jul 10, 2008
Joshua Merriam
Boulder, CO
Joshua Merriam   Boulder, CO
Is this the same boulder as Blowin the Hatch?

How do you start - heel hooked, or with feet on the lower boulder-piece? Sep 17, 2008
Chip Phillips
Broomfield, CO
Chip Phillips   Broomfield, CO
Toe to Toe V7/8, FA: EZ Harrison, 2008.

See problem description for more. Sep 18, 2008
jmapping
Carbondale, co
jmapping   Carbondale, co
Does anybody else think that this area should be separated into sectors so as to better understand where these problems are? It is a constant challenge to find information about problems based off of their name/grade alone and not the specific location. Any help would be awesome. Oct 2, 2010
Kegan Minock
colorado springs
Kegan Minock   colorado springs
Does anyone have any information about the problem on the A7 boulder to the left of Captain Hook? It climbs out the steep and tall overhang over a poor landing. Thanks! Oct 1, 2014
David Tennant
Denver, CO
David Tennant   Denver, CO
I've become a recent convert to condensing 80 route boulder areas because of Morrison Dark Side's recent reorganization, and so here is my help in dividing up the areas. If an admin decides it's worth their time, here you go, most of them are ordered left to right, but I didn't even try for the BBC Boulder. Some individual problems are near an area and so got grouped into an area like Moonwalk near the Sputnik Boulder. I posted a photo to the main Satellites page, showing the areas and names I suggested. I can help write the area descriptions and directions there but want a go-ahead by an admin first.

Edit: subareas were added per my list of recommendations. Thanks, Leo. I removed the list from here. May 11, 2016

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