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Routes in West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip

Chives T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Don't Peel T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Eye of the Potato T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
French Fry T,S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Ground Control T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Hypothermia T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Idaho Express T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Mountain Jam T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mr. Potato Head S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Petite Giraffe T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Poor Man's Wendego T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Ruffles Have Ridges T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sour Cream T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Treetop Flyer T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
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Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Mick Follari, Jim Nigro, 2009
Page Views: 384 total · 4/month
Shared By: Mark Roth on Apr 28, 2011
Admins: Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Leo Paik, John McNamee

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Description [Edit]

This looks like a mini version of its namesake down on the Rincon Wall, but it is nowhere near as classic. Undercling out the right side of the roof being careful not to slip on lichen. The crux is at the end of the traverse. One more tricky move up and it's over. Cruise easier terrain to the top. The gear is not great on this one.

Location [Edit]

This is on the buttress below the Potato Chip. Near the left side of the rock, left of two trees, but right of the gullies that lead up to the Potato Chip there is a big overhang with a steep slab under it.

Protection [Edit]

SR, tree with slings to get down.


Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.9+ R
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.9+ R
You can place a bomber medium stopper over head before the traverse. After that, the next hold is a flare (no pro) and the one after that is a flake that would questionably hold gear... if you could find a stance to pace it from. I lead through, crossed hands and swung myself around the corner too far above gear to think it could do any good. The move around the corner is at least 9+ and this is certainly R climbing. A few 5.8 moves later you can plunk in gear, now a good distance (do NOT fall) over uneven rocky ground. The climbing suddenly gets easier and the rock gets better and protection frequent enough that it is more or less uninteresting.
This is the only route of the newly published ones not go get a star, and there is a good reason for that- it's a little too exciting, then a little too boring, and all the while, relatively unaesthetic. May 28, 2011
Mark Roth
Mark Roth   Boulder
Tony, sorry if I lured you onto this by posting it.... Yeah, not the greatest route. If there was a flat ground landing, the route could be soloed as an easy boulder problem. Not a great idea with that jagged talus and the insecure lichen smearing.... May 28, 2011
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.9+ R
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.9+ R
No culpability on your part- I was born a choss-jockey.
I did it "because it was there." May 28, 2011
Mick Follari
Mick Follari   Boulder
... so did I ;) Jan 5, 2013

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