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Routes in Flatirons

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Believe it or not, "ice" climbs form in the Flatirons. They tend to provide a strange experience as they frequently feel serious and committing despite their proximity to Boulder. Protection tends to be scarce as does ice that provides good sticks, however the angle of the routes tends to compensate for the thickness and quality of the ice. The routes on the Flatirons seem to come in a few days after a big dump of snow during cold weather.

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All of the documented routes are in the northern Flatirons, so park at Chataqua.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Flatirons

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3 M5 R
 25
East Face Gully aka Silk Road
Mixed, Ice 5 pitches
WI3 M3 R
 3
Call the Copps
Mixed, Ice 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
East Face Gully aka Silk Road
 25
WI3 M5 R Mixed, Ice 5 pitches
Call the Copps
 3
WI3 M3 R Mixed, Ice 4 pitches
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Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
From what I've heard, there are ice climbs that form in the southern Flatirons and even up near MMW.... Jan 13, 2007
I've done two ice climbs in the southern Flatirons. A three-pitch-or-so line forms almost every November of December up an otherwise undistinguished crag high on Bear Peak, to the south of Shanahan Crag. A fairly obvious talus slope diagonals up and left to reach it. A good three- or four-pitch line formed one year in the late 80s or early 90s up the middle of the east face of the Goose. We called it Wild Goose Chase, but I think Greg Davis and a partner had climbed it the week before (and probably Gary Neptune years before that). Both were fun and interesting and impossible to rate, like true alpine climbs: thin ice and mixed scratching on the 50-degree Flatiron slabs. Every Boulder ice climber should do one of these Flatiron ice climbs someday. They're unique and right in our backyard. Jan 13, 2007

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