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Dodge Block 

YDS: 5.0 French: 2- Ewbanks: 4 UIAA: I ZA: 6 British: MM 1c

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Submitted By: Mike Sofranko on Sep 24, 2001

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    Yet another fine easy route on the Second Flatiron...

    From the lowpoint of the the Second Flatiron (where the trail touches the base) head up through the trees to the south for a couple hundred feet. If the huge roof of the South Block is above you, you've gone just a little too far. Start on a rib/slab just below and to the right of the huge roof. This rib will have a 10 foot step visible about a ropelength up.

    Climb the south edge of the rib up to the step. Climb through the steep step via the easiest looking path. Soon you will be on a small summit. Step down to the west. The South Block will be looming above you to the south. Just to the north of the block is a water polished gully. Just to the right of the gully is a narrow rib. Climb the rib for a couple ropelengths until you can work over to the obvious tree below the steep east face of the Pullman Car.

    Now it's time to dodge the block. From the level of the tree, head right into gully, and engage the south facing wall. It looks steep, but if the easiest way is found it isn't difficult. From the top of this wall, continue up the slab to the same walkoff for the Freeway route.


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    Rock Climbing Photo: Below the Pullman Car.  Time to dodge the block.
    Below the Pullman Car. Time to dodge the block.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Dodge Block.
    BETA PHOTO: Looking up Dodge Block.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Up towards the traverse.
    BETA PHOTO: Up towards the traverse.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the Second Flatironette to the start ...
    BETA PHOTO: Looking down the Second Flatironette to the start ...

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    By Warren Teissier
    Jun 19, 2002

    Picking the correct spot for the traverse to "dodge" the block is the crux of this climb. If you traverse at the level of the tree, as described above, the traverse will be almost trivial. If you continue up towards the block and traverse just below it, the traverse will become considerably spicier (if you are soloing that is)

    There are at least two alternatives once you cross the gully. The first one is the original route, it is the easiest one too. It climbs a weakness on the wall that looks steep but quite easy, it is slightly above the tree traverse. This puts you back on the East face for an easy scramble to the top.

    The second option follows a ramp to the right of the gully you just traversed. Start as if for option one but instead of climbing to the East face head West on a narrow, polished and exposed ramp that passes slightly under an overhang and afterwards jons the East face. A spicier option indeed.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jun 12, 2004

    The 5.1 occurs in the first 50 feet the rest is Class 4. Not as good as Freeway, and if you drag a friend and a rope, you'll have wasted a climbing day.
    By RomoFo Fo
    May 22, 2010

    What a blast, I followed Roach's description and it was right on.
    By Long Ranger
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Feb 14, 2015

    Although routes on the Flatirons are pretty "Choose Your Adventure", I think Dodge Block does not share the same walk off as Freeway but instead puts you in a gully just west and up from where you walk off on Freeway. One side of the gully you exit in Dodge Block is the Pullman Car.
    By Mark Roth
    From: Boulder
    Aug 9, 2015

    I followed Roach's description. I don't think I exited right at the right place. Sure seemed harder than 5.0. The kids up top throwing rocks down at me might have made it seem harder than it was. I did end up at the same walk off as Freeway. If you go up through the tunnel variation, it won't be the same. Overall, it wasn't as clean and fun as Freeway.
    By Long Ranger
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Oct 1, 2015

    There's a very large flake on the L side of the, "10 foot step " on the Second Flatironette. It looks like one could use it to get on top of the step, but it's a little sketch as it will move if you touch it. I lamely went to the L of the step, and traversed over a bit.

    It's actually pretty weird, I think I've started on Freeway before and traversed left after a while and downclimbed the "wall" you're supposed to climb up looking for this route. Finding nothing appealing, I just climbed back up, and got back on Freeway.

    I think that's the route I may try sooner - start on Freeway, traverse left after a while, downclimb the, "wall" to dodge the block, and then climb up the chimney to do Free For All. That lets you start at the very base of the formation, you avoid that loose flake and the dirty gully to the Second Flatironette, and you summit the formation to boot.
    By Travis Briles
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Oct 16, 2016

    Does anyone know how the tunnel near the top fits in to this route? Is this actually part of the standard 5.0 route? This part felt a little spicy without a rope....
    By David Hous
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Nov 22, 2016
    rating: 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a

    Travis, the tunnel is listed as the next variation to the right on this website. Instead of going straight up the steep headwall (5.6) at the top of the gully below the tunnel, Dodge Block crosses right across the slab, and you go up the steep but very easy right wall of the gully. Then head up the slab parallel to the gully, and top out at the same place as the top of Freeway.
    By Nick Thomas
    From: Fargo, ND
    Jul 17, 2017

    Today we dodged the block to the left and followed a water polished gully up to some steep blocks and through a tunnel-y chimney (not the tunnel variation). Does anyone know if this is a known variation or route?

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