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Location: 39.9895, -105.29029 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Orphaned on Apr 28, 2005


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  • Description 

    Right at the base of the Second Flatiron a collection of boulders exists that offer some killer problems. Although it's the same kind of rock as Flagstaff, it doesn't seem to hurt as much. Some classic hard problems like The Turning Point (V9) are found here along with plenty of others that are fun and not near as hard. The best time to go is when there is no snow on the ground, because you find tons of chalked things that may not be in any book but are really good problems. This is a great after work or school destination, because it is so close and offers things to goof around on, or serious projects that will take you several weeks or months to complete, unless your name is Sharma.

    Getting There 

    Walk up the road in Chataqua almost to the Bluebell Shelter then take the trail that branches off left to The Second Flatiron. You should go over a small wooden bridge a few yards along the trail. If this doesn't happen, you're on the wrong trail. Keep going on this trail and take a [right] to The Second Flatiron when the trail forks. The trail will fork again almost at the base of The Second Flatiron, and this is where the climbing begins. Most of the bouldering is up on the left trail, but some stuff can be found off to the right.

    [The trail you take at the beginning is the access trail to the Second and Third Flatiron, then you stay left and take the trail to the Third Flatiron. Most of the boulders are just a little way up this trail. Although you start on the [Royal Arch] trail, don't stay on it when the trail breaks.]


    Please consider minimizing your impact when enjoying the area. There are already signs of erosion, plant trampling, etc. Do your best to ensure future access to this wonderful area!

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 2.3 miles from here

    90 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',35],['1 Star',30],['Bomb',2]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Satellite Boulders

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Satellite Boulders:
    Sputnik Two   V0 4     Boulder   Sputnik Boulder
    Sputnik One   V1 5     Boulder   Sputnik Boulder
    Sputnik 1.5   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Sputnik Boulder
    A7 -V1   V1+ 5     Boulder   A-7 Boulder
    Major Tom   V3- 6A     Boulder   BBC Boulder
    Original Grapple   V4- 6B     Boulder   BBC Boulder
    SDS   V4- 6B     Boulder   Girlfriend Boulder
    Making Waves   V4 6B     Boulder   The Wave Boulder
    Nanoprobe   V5 6C     Boulder, 13'   Base of 2nd Flatiron Boulde...
    Aerogel   V5 6C     Boulder   Stardust Boulder
    Zero G   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   BBC Boulder
    Balance in Nature   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   BBC Boulder
    Gully Diver   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   Base of 2nd Flatiron Boulde...
    Flesh Fest (STAND)   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   BBC Boulder
    Girlfriend's Backside   V7 7A+     Boulder   Girlfriend Boulder
    The Turning Point   V8 7B     Boulder   BBC Boulder
    Face Full of Brian   V8 7B     Boulder   A-7 Boulder
    Grundel City Boy   V9 7C     Boulder   BBC Boulder
    Captain Hook   V9 7C     Boulder, 10'   A-7 Boulder
    Fleshfest   V9 7C     Boulder   BBC Boulder
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Trail map to get to the Satellites.  Take the yell...
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Girlfriend's backside.
    Girlfriend's backside.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Captain Hook.
    Captain Hook.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Fleshfest, V10.
    Fleshfest, V10.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Excessive tick marks? I'd say so....
    BETA PHOTO: Excessive tick marks? I'd say so....
    Rock Climbing Photo:
    Rock Climbing Photo: MZ on "Mr. Cakes", a new V7 near the Sat...
    MZ on "Mr. Cakes", a new V7 near the Sat...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sputnik Boulder
    BETA PHOTO: Sputnik Boulder

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    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 28, 2002
    ...There is an easy problem in this area, anybody know what it is? It is right off the trail to the west near where the 3rd Flatiron, 2nd Flatiron trails diverge. A 20' tall boulder with a big dead tree leaning against it. You go up the face right next to the dead tree and can rejoin the trail up higher as it switchbacks around the boulder. It must be V0 or easier if I can do it!
    By Chip Phillips
    From: Broomfield, CO
    Jul 4, 2002
    It's Sputnik Two, George. I noticed in your bio you would rather pull weeds than boulder ... you're busted.
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 5, 2002
    Uh oh ... OK I admit I did go bouldering ONCE.Well, uh, I have tried the Monkey Traverse several times but have never made the whole thing. Basically, I suck at bouldering!
    By Bryan Gartland
    From: Helena, MT
    Feb 7, 2005
    The route pulldown for the Satellites is getting a bit unwieldy at 70+ problems. Seems to me that it could use its own Area listing.
    By Joshua Merriam
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 21, 2007
    Could we re-organize this area to clean up some of the extranious entries and give a better overview? I'll submit some overview pictures, but others probably know the area better than me.
    By D@n Morta
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 10, 2008
    There's a 'new' problem at the Satellites and was wondering if anyone wanted to contribute some beta (name, grade, FA) for it. If you're facing Grundel City Boy, it's directly behind you about 70' up the hill. It's the short boulder (10' tall) with a cool 3' horizontal roof at about chest height. Starts in the back of the roof and moves to the lip via the enormous heel hook jug. Crimpers on the face gains you the top. Some guys I tried it with said it was about V7. Good problem. 2-3 stars.
    By Joshua Merriam
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 17, 2008
    Is this the same boulder as Blowin the Hatch?

    How do you start - heel hooked, or with feet on the lower boulder-piece?
    By Chip Phillips
    From: Broomfield, CO
    Sep 18, 2008
    Toe to Toe V7/8, FA: EZ Harrison, 2008.

    See problem description for more.
    By jmapping
    From: Carbondale, co
    Oct 2, 2010
    Does anybody else think that this area should be separated into sectors so as to better understand where these problems are? It is a constant challenge to find information about problems based off of their name/grade alone and not the specific location. Any help would be awesome.
    By Kegan Minock
    From: colorado springs
    Oct 1, 2014
    Does anyone have any information about the problem on the A7 boulder to the left of Captain Hook? It climbs out the steep and tall overhang over a poor landing. Thanks!
    By David Tennant
    From: Denver, CO
    May 11, 2016
    I've become a recent convert to condensing 80 route boulder areas because of Morrison Dark Side's recent reorganization, and so here is my help in dividing up the areas. If an admin decides it's worth their time, here you go, most of them are ordered left to right, but I didn't even try for the BBC Boulder. Some individual problems are near an area and so got grouped into an area like Moonwalk near the Sputnik Boulder. I posted a photo to the main Satellites page, showing the areas and names I suggested. I can help write the area descriptions and directions there but want a go-ahead by an admin first.

    Edit: subareas were added per my list of recommendations. Thanks, Leo. I removed the list from here.

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