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East Chimney, Upper Deviation

5.5 R, Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches,  Avg: 1.2 from 6 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > North > Deviation, Upper
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

Description

The Upper Deviation is split into two pieces by a chimney, this is the route. Climb the chimney with little protection to the notch and belay here. A short second pitch climbs north out of the notch and back onto the east face to the summit.

The first pitch is more of a high-angle gully than a pure chimney. It is unusual and receives a star for this.

Descent

A short rappel west from the summit.

Protection

Standard rack to #3 or #4 Camalot.

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Looking out the top of the cool chimney.
[Hide Photo] Looking out the top of the cool chimney.
Finishing 120 feet of decomposing chimney.<br>
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More like the Fisher Towers than The Flatirons.
[Hide Photo] Finishing 120 feet of decomposing chimney. More like the Fisher Towers than The Flatirons.
Mark belays in the notch.
[Hide Photo] Mark belays in the notch.
Above the first unprotected squeeze chimney.
[Hide Photo] Above the first unprotected squeeze chimney.
Looking down the chimney.
[Hide Photo] Looking down the chimney.

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Mark Roth
Boulder
  5.6 R
[Hide Comment] Wholly %#€#!!! This chimney looks so easy from the bottom, but it turns out to be pretty hard and scary. Harder than Hatch, Rehatch, and Taking Care of Business all put together! Might as well solo, 'cause the only gear comes after the many cruxes. A #5 would probably help 2/3 of the way up. I had a tipped out #4 on mossy rock, and it was the only decent placement on the whole pitch. It probably wouldn't feel hard if the rock was solid, but it's not.

We turned left at the top of the chimney and climbed the west-facing crack onto the south summit then did a scary jump across to the east face of the main summit tower. Did we miss a way to get out there from inside the chimney?

There is no reliable anchor up top, just really loose blocks, so I downclimbed the way we came up and my partner rapped off to the north using me as an anchor. There is a nice, rounded groove for the rope that made this work well.... Jul 30, 2015
[Hide Comment] Probably the most physical 5.5 you'll ever climb! Aug 25, 2018