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Routes in Second Flatiron
|Compound, The V7 7A+|
|Direct SE Arete T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Dodge Block T 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c|
|Dodge Block Variation (Tunnel Route) T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|East Overhang T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Free for All T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Freeway T 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c|
|Freezeway T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X|
|Gutter, The V7 7A+|
|I Bleed T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Koyannislotsqi V3-4 6A+|
|North Crack T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Overlooked Overhang T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|South East Arete/Second T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|South Sneak T 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c|
|Southeast Overhang T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b C2|
|West Face [2nd Flatiron] T 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c|
|Yarbles, The V6-7 7A+|
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DescriptionThe Gutter is a fine alternative to the Ghetto during the seasonal raptor closure which runs from February 1 through July 31 each year. While not as big or inspiring a bouldering slot, it's a handy place to get a pump, and can be combined with the Satellite Boulders, the Yarbles or the Compound to yield a nice circuit.
The Gutter sits directly below and east of the large overhang on the very left (south) side of the Second Flatiron. Approach via the Third Flatiron trail, but once at the Satellite Boulders (BBC in particular) cut right into the trees and follow the gully up to the base of the Second Flatiron. The Gutter will be on your right. It is a dark, left-diagonalling slot (what else?) with tons of chalk on the lip holds. Approach time: 20-25 minutes.
The traverse can be done many different ways, the easiest being to stay more or less on the lip, the hardest being to say more or less as low as possible through the beginning and middle. You'll encounter some very cool holds along this 90 feet of climbing: huecos, iron-rock flakes, tiny pockets and the ubiquituous Flatirons crimpers.
The Gutter is good in the afternoons during the hotter months but perfectly viable mid-day during the winter due to its slightly southerly exposure and rock slab landing, which is quick to melt out after a snowstorm.