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Chosspile Chimney 

YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a R

Type:  Trad, 350'
Original:  YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a R [details]
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Submitted By: neil chelton on May 20, 2011

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One of the many chimneys.

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  • Description 

    This adventure climb follows a series of mossy chimney systems filled with small trees and choss interspersed with terribly dangerous face climbing on brittle, exfoliating flakes covered in lichen. Upon arriving at the base (crux), you will be confronted with possibly the poorest rock quality in the whole Front Range. Make a few uncertain moves up loose, lichen-covered flakes to gain a ledge. From here, it is possible to see a mostly tree-less line of ascent. Delicately balance up crunchy rock, passing inside, up and through various chimney systems as necessary in an attempt to avoid the abundances of enormous, loose blocks on an exciting journey to the summit. This climb is unique in the way that it has an expanding chimney!

    It's possible to rappel west from the top, but there are currently no fixed anchors. A ropeless descent requires downclimbing 20 feet to the west on a pile of gravity-defying stacked rotten crumbly blocks.

    Wipe the sweat from your forehead and breathe a sigh of relief before bushwhacking back down (North) to the Bear Canyon Trail.


    Standard Flatirons rack along with a healthy sense of humor.

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