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Submitted By: Warren Teissier on Oct 8, 2001
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The Fist or Hippo Head (depending on whose guidebook you use) sits high above the Southern end of the East side of Green Mountain and is the highest Flatiron on its East face.

Technically it is part of the same rock strata as Angel's Way which is the Third Ridge on the North side of Skunk Canyon, although it is indeed separate from that ridge. Due to its location, it is typically climbed after completing any of the Northern Skunk Canyon Ridges or the Fifth Flatiron.

The climbs on the Fist are great and the views are hard to beat.

Getting There 

Probably the best hiking approach is to start from Chataqua and follow the Royal Arch trail to the Arch and then hike West staying south of the Fifth Flatiron and North of the Hourglass. The trail is clear but steep and loose at times. The trail will deposit you on the East face of the Fist. From here, you'll need to navigate around it depending on the route you choose.

From the Fist, you can hike Northeast to the Greeman trail for a nicer descent back to Chataqua or descend East as described above.

Climbing Season

For the Central area.

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Fist or Hippo Head

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Fist or Hippo Head:
East Face/Hippo Head   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 330'   
South Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 650'   
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East Face/Hippo Head 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : The Fist or Hippo Head
This would be a three star climb if the lower part of the face was less broken and cleaner. The last 45 feet before the summit block climb one of the best hand/fist cracks in the Flatirons as qualified aptly by George BellBegin at the saddle (highest point) on the East face. Work your way up past trees and a series of ledges and bulges to the base of the crack. Belay at a treeClimb the crack past a small overhang and onto the ledge at the base of the summit block. Scramble one at a time for 30 f...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Oct 29, 2012
The rappel down the West face is off of an old #10 hex & big tricam with an old, faded sling with 2 rings, an old, faded sling, and a bit of rope. The pieces really don't fit the crack ideally, but they are adequate. Pull down and not up. You rappel down a crack on the West Face, which may be the "North Face" 5.7 crack, but it may not be.
By immunizer
Aug 24, 2014
I was able to downclimb the west face from the ledge below the summit block via a meandering, 5.7ish slab route. The only tricky part was stepping down from the face onto a boulder - but there's almost no exposure at this point, as you're basically on the ground. From the top of what might be the crack Leo mentions (although I found no fixed gear there - or anywhere on the west face), descend a few feet to a nice rail and head north a dozen feet until you can descend on relatively featured rock.

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