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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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Shared By: Andrew Klein on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is the standard downclimb for any 2nd flatiron routes that lead to the summit. Although short and easy, its faily exposed and a fun solo route. Head up the wide crack with good holds on the left. At the top traverse left 'till you get to the little overhang blocking passage to the summit. Get your feet as high on the ledge as possible and reach up to good holds and on to the summit. The last moves have excellent exposure, similar to Yodeling Moves.

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Having a spotter helped a lot. Some of the footholds are hard to see. Jul 9, 2017
Long Ranger
Boulder, Colorado
Long Ranger   Boulder, Colorado
The shortest summit route of the numbered Flatirons would be the Fourth - it's summit is less than seven feet from the ground! Mar 27, 2017
Phil Lauffen
The Bubble
Phil Lauffen   The Bubble
Much like Andrew last year when I had no climbing equipment my tripping roomate and I would do laps on the Second Flatiron. The first move of the downclimb is the hardest. It's best to possibly ask a friend down below to spot your feet and just stretch out over empty space. Know what you're getting into before you free solo this route. Aug 2, 2008
The first time I did this downclimb it seemed a little harder than the 5.1 rating posted here (Class 4 in the guidebooks). Sounds like others had the same problem that I did. The trick is to start heading down the west face at the northern most point. There are a couple of solid stairs to get you around the overhang. Good lesson in route finding. Oct 23, 2003
Bryan Gartland
Helena, MT
 
Bryan Gartland   Helena, MT
 
I'd say that this route deserves 1 star. I've always found the moves to be awkward and unappealing. The 2nd's West Face is noteworthy for being the shortest summit route of the main Flatirons, but that's about it. If you're in the area, try the backside of the 1st Flatiron instead, it's a bit easier and much more enjoyable. Jun 2, 2003
Andrew Klein  
 
When I first came to Boulder, I had a few pieces of pro, and no climbing buddies. I started doing laps on the 2nd Flatiron to quench my climbing passion. When I first did this route I did a couple awkward moves in the crack just to the right of the last bulge. After spending a few minutes on the summit I looked down and wandered how in the world I had gotten up there, because it appeared to be overhanging in all directions. After 15-20 minutes of debating whether I was going to downclimb, I finally found good holds in the crack and went back down to the ledge. However, the easiest way to downclimb this route is to grab 2 good holds just above the bulge and slowly lower your feet till they hit the small ledge hidden by the overhang (the crack will be on your right) . Surprising this is one of my favorite flatiron routes especially on a winter sunset. Jan 2, 2002