Type: Sport, 115 ft
FA: D. Mabe, 3/05
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Shared By: Darren Mabe on May 17, 2005
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Fish and Chips is the left of two routes that start from the belay pod on the south-facing Creek Side Wall. Approach by tyrol (see comments under Creek Side area description).

This is another fun and long route with great photo potential from the road. Follow bolts over quality stone up to the huge, left-facing dihedral above. Stem the dihedral and eventually work on to the arete on big positive flakes to a small ledge and anchors (115' exactly). The moves climbing on the arete may seem stiff for 5.9, but the holds are big.

You can continue up and left past the anchors to another set where you can rap/lower to the start of P2 of Rhett Wench. However, you will not be able to lower back to the pod from the high anchors.

Fantastic exposure and fun climbing!


12 protection bolts and 2 bolt lowering anchor. 70 meter rope.


Jerome Stiller
Golden CO
Jerome Stiller   Golden CO
Another fun long-ish Mabe route (yeah, I climb some with Darren but I'm not his butt-boy, nor he mine, no matter what he tells ya!). I thought it was more .10a/b when I first lead it, but I TR'd it last night and all the holds are big and right there, so yeah, 9+ seems about right. May 18, 2005
This route is a blast! I think the initial lead rating is more like 5.10a due to the steepness, but it probably won't seem as hard the second time around. I recommend it! May 31, 2005
Adam Peters
Salt Lake City, Utah
Adam Peters   Salt Lake City, Utah
By the way, Fish and Chips along with the sidekick route Guppy may be two of the best moderate sport routes of their grade in Front Range, let alone the canyon. Great stone, great exposure, long, and freaking heaven for anyone who loves to rock climb. I have yet to take someone across the river that hasn't had a memorable experience. Jul 5, 2007
Boulder finally
OkieGirl   Boulder finally
I loved this route but I'm curious... how do you go about NOT getting your rope stuck pulling it from these anchors?? Jul 21, 2008
Rob Westfall
Denver, CO
Rob Westfall   Denver, CO
Rookie day for me at Creekside - what a gem! 60m rope was fine for us - just had to gank the belay anchors for P2 of Rhett Wench on the way down...mind the rafters/kayakers cause the second rap will get your rope wet! Jul 19, 2009
Mike Kasberg
Denver, CO
Mike Kasberg   Denver, CO
Great route. Climbed it with a 60m and just made it down to the belay pod. There are 2 sets of anchors at the top, about 15 ft apart. Clip the lower anchors for a 60m, and knot your ends.

When pulling your rope down, you can hook it over the tyrolean to prevent most of it from falling in the creek, but our end still went in. Jul 25, 2010
Climbed it today. Everything was great. The bolt path is perfect. Missed the last bolt as I went left instead of right, but no big deal. Fantastic route, and as always the tyrol is quite exciting! Nov 21, 2011
Jason Platt  
This route is way too much fun. I could lap it all day. The moves on the arete are big, but the holds are ridiculously good. The rock at this wall is the best in the canyon in my opinion. Good sharp edges everywhere. The approach tyrol is fun and is probably the crux honestly. This route and The Guppy next door make for a memorable day of top notch moderate climbing. Aug 5, 2014
Carl H.  
Agree with the previous post - great route, moves up and over the arete are exciting, but big, positive holds are there when you need them, and the moves getting on and off the tyrol, if not the crux, are close. Nov 1, 2015
Josh Quigley
Missouri, USA
Josh Quigley   Missouri, USA
Another tick for a wonderful route here. Would add there is a spot were the route feels like it should go left, but the bolts are right. I found it easier to work right first clipping out with the left hand before arriving to the arete. Hands down holds up against the best single pitch routes anywhere I have been. Sep 25, 2016
San Antonio, TX
mc813   San Antonio, TX
IMO this route is better than Guppy; the move out onto the arete is classic. There's no tree below the belay pod anymore so unless the tyrolean catches your rope, it's going to end up in the drink like mine did. Jun 3, 2018
Scott Chico
Morrison CO
Scott Chico   Morrison CO
My wife and I started with Guppy then moved to Fish and Chips yesterday. Both climbs will leave us with wonderful, lasting memories. The exposure and views were amazing! Moving over the arĂȘte was intimidating but wasn't near as difficult as I'd thought it'd be.

Can someone help me understand why there are so many ropes with loops hanging down into the cave? We used a cordelette equalized to the three anchor bolts which worked really well to allow us to partially hang out of the cave in order to see the climber. Mostly we used the looped ropes to hang gear...is that the intended purpose?

Here's what I learned about the Tyrol crossing: the top line seems to be static, so when I clipped my wife to that with a long sling and a shorter sling to the lower two ropes (dynamic) she wasn't able to unclip once she got to the cave. The two lower ropes sagged way down, but the top rope kept her too high to unclip (couldn't get her feet solid on the floor of the cave). I had to come over to help her unweight the top line so we could unclip. Lesson learned. To return, we just rappelled into the stream and cleaned our rope! Sep 28, 2018
The problem is that you should have clipped through all the ropes and not have used separate clips for each rope. It is very difficult, static or not, to get all the ropes in a tyrolean to be of the same tension so clip your carbiner(s) through all ropes.

Yes, all the loops over there are not needed - probably only the green one. It is in the shape of an etrier to help getting on and off the Tyrolean. Sep 28, 2018
hunter konchan
hunter konchan   Colorado
The sheath has slipped off the blue rope where it goes around the tree, and it is pinched flat on the bottom bolt on the other side. The core looks OK, but I decided to walk across the ice and scramble up. The high white rope has major damage in the middle. IMO the tyrol should all be cleaned and re-rigged. Dec 18, 2018