Type: Trad, 135 ft (41 m)
FA: communal effort. First RP: Dave Turner
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Shared By: David A. Turner on Aug 15, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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Combining short sections of Saturday's Folly and The West Face, Western Skyline punches a line directly up the overhanging West Face of the Third. No first ascension credits are given because many have contributed to the creation of this magnificent route. Some have toproped portions of it as early as the '70s, others have worked long hours to re-open the Flatirons to new fixed anchors, after a twenty year ban, which enable wonderful routes such as this to be created. Others have supported the efforts of the Access Fund and the Flatirons Climbing Council, volunteered for trail projects, and otherwise contributed to the greater climbing community of Boulder. This is indeed a communal route on Boulder's iconic crag.

Start on Saturday's Folly, cutting left after 20 feet towards the bolted, blunt arete. The first crux is found along this section with five bolts. Gun up the finger crack on The West Face. Gear belay optional after the finger crack. Place a bit more gear behind a flake, then climb boldly over the overhang (second crux), clipping four more bolts along the way. Gear belay at the top of the slab.


Rap the standard descent.


Standard rack to #2 Camalot; 9 bolts. If you climb the route as one pitch, make sure you bring plenty of shoulder length runners to cut down on rope drag.