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Elevation: 7,531 ft
GPS: 39.98071, -105.29427
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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.

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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

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
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South Ramp
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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South Ridge
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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East Face/Hippo Head
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South Ramp
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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 3 pitches
South Ridge
 15
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
East Face/Hippo Head
 34
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
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