Elevation: 6,000 ft
GPS: 39.931, -105.288 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: George Bell on Apr 16, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

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.

Getting There

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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Classic Climbing Routes at West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Hypothermia
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 11
Potato Chip Route (Regular Route)
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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French Fry
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hypothermia
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Potato Chip Route (Regular…
 11
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
French Fry
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, Sport
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I was up on the Potato Chip yesterday. Climbed on the bolted route to the right of French Fry. I can't find any info about it. Anyone been on it? O.K. route, as with most seldom climbed Eldo routes, a little chossy. Mar 2, 2008
Mark Roth
Boulder
Mark Roth   Boulder
Almost as easy to approach from the Regarden Wall trail. More elevation gain, but maybe a little shorter distance. May 10, 2011