Type: Trad, 30 ft
FA: Darren Smith (2014)
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Shared By: Darren Smith on Jun 3, 2015
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This route grants access to the top of the 2nd Flatiron from the north side of the Pullman Car. It is part of the most direct way to the top of the 2nd Flatiron from the base of the east face under 5.9 with surprisingly good rock quality, and it is lichen free.

As far as I know, this route was unclimbed until 2014, most likely being overlooked due to its inconspicuousness and there being no safe way to lead it.

Start with right hand under cling/sidepull in the 45 degree slightly exposed flake. Either get your left foot high on a sloper or gain a high good crimp hidden in a ledge with your left hand. Then grab the not-quite-a-jug horn, move left, and gain a tiny ledge with your left hand allowing you to balance and bring your left foot way over. This feels exposed, and you're now doing the splits. From here if you are tall, you can reach an awesome jug pocket on the top the Pullman Car, but it is hidden, you will have to feel around for it and reach really far. If you can't find it or aren't tall enough, this move may be a little harder, but it is certainly still possible. From here, it is about 150 feet of easy climbing to the summit.

Overall, the route isn't difficult if you know the beta, but I would recommend practicing it on top rope first if you have any doubts (rappel or downclimb from the true summit, and build anchor at top of the route), a fall could result in a >40 foot free fall onto the 45 degree Flatiron. Many holds are reachy and hidden.


This is 40 feet above the tunnel from Dodge Block Tunnel Variation (between the Pullman Car and the top of Freeway). See the picture.

Do not try to climb the large flake ~10 feet below this route (the red X in the beta photo), it is unstable and leads to very poor rock quality anyway.


No pro for the actual route. There is ample protection right before the route and as soon as you get past the vertical section and onto the pullman car. (Standard rack of nuts + medium/small cams would protect these).


George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
Where is this route relative to North Crack? Jun 3, 2015
Stefan Griebel
Boulder, Colorado
  5.7 X
Stefan Griebel   Boulder, Colorado
  5.7 X
Up and right. Above the tunnel, maybe 20-30' down from the top of that route and the 1st Flatiron trail.

Great find, Darren! Jun 3, 2015
Danny Gilbert
Boulder, CO
Danny Gilbert   Boulder, CO
Easily my favorite route on the 2nd and a top 5 (for me) in The Flatirons. I think the best version of the route starts all the way at the base and then follows FFA to where it becomes steep. There are 3 cruxes after that:

1. The Piton Headwall ~ chimney type moves and the hardest crux for me.
2. The Tunnel ~ a little slick sometimes but so freaking cool.
3. The Freezeway section ~ probably 5.7 as the rating suggests, but after a few laps, it becomes super casual and secure. Good to have somebody show you the beta first time through though. Also, it is not easy for short folks, as the few I've seen do it have a hard time. Aug 14, 2018