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The Fist or Hippo Head Rock Climbing 

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  • Description 

    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

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    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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    Featured Route For The Fist or Hippo Head
    Rock Climbing Photo: Scott leading the second pitch.

    South Ramp 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : The Fist or Hippo Head
    This route is at the Eastern-most ramp on the South face. Coming from the East face, it'll be immediately after turning onto the South face. It is easily identifiable due to a unique 6 inch water groove that may or may not be wet.The route goes up this ramp / water groove all the way to the ledge below the summit block.The first 30 feet of the first pitch provide the crux. The rock is VERY polished, and there is no protection to be had. Continue up the ramp until you reach a large ledge/meadow w...[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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