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Shared By: Andrew Klein on Dec 31, 2000
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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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Andrew Klein
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
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
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
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
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
Long Ranger
Boulder, CO
Long Ranger   Boulder, CO
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
Having a spotter helped a lot. Some of the footholds are hard to see. Jul 9, 2017