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Routes in The Fist or Hippo Head

East Face/Hippo Head T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
North Face T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
South Ramp T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
South Ramp Left Variation T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X
South Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Elevation: 7,531 ft
GPS: 39.981, -105.294 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Warren Teissier on Oct 8, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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The Fist or Hippo Head (depending on whose guidebook you use) sits high above the Southern end of the East side of Green Mountain and is the highest Flatiron on its East face.

Technically it is part of the same rock strata as Angel's Way which is the Third Ridge on the North side of Skunk Canyon, although it is indeed separate from that ridge. Due to its location, it is typically climbed after completing any of the Northern Skunk Canyon Ridges or the Fifth Flatiron.

The climbs on the Fist are great and the views are hard to beat.

Getting There

Probably the best hiking approach is to start from Chataqua and follow the Royal Arch trail to the Arch and then hike West staying south of the Fifth Flatiron and North of the Hourglass. The trail is clear but steep and loose at times. The trail will deposit you on the East face of the Fist. From here, you'll need to navigate around it depending on the route you choose.

From the Fist, you can hike Northeast to the Greeman trail for a nicer descent back to Chataqua or descend East as described above.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Fist or Hippo Head

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
South Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
East Face/Hippo Head
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
South Ridge
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
East Face/Hippo Head
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
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Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
The rappel down the West face is off of an old #10 hex & big tricam with an old, faded sling with 2 rings, an old, faded sling, and a bit of rope. The pieces really don't fit the crack ideally, but they are adequate. Pull down and not up. You rappel down a crack on the West Face, which may be the "North Face" 5.7 crack, but it may not be. Oct 29, 2012
I was able to downclimb the west face from the ledge below the summit block via a meandering, 5.7ish slab route. The only tricky part was stepping down from the face onto a boulder - but there's almost no exposure at this point, as you're basically on the ground. From the top of what might be the crack Leo mentions (although I found no fixed gear there - or anywhere on the west face), descend a few feet to a nice rail and head north a dozen feet until you can descend on relatively featured rock. Aug 24, 2014

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