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Rock Climbing the 1st Flatiron

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hi all!

As many of you know, Boulder is a very active and outdoorsy city. No matter what the weather, people are always running, biking, hiking or doing some sort of outdoor activity. Boulder is also home to some of the best rock climbing, bouldering and climbing gyms. The other day, I decided to take advantage of the great climbing opportunities by rock climbing one of the Flatirons.

Chautauqua, the open space where the Flatirons are located, is a 5 minute walk from campus. Once at Chautauqua, we hiked about half an hour to the base of the Flatirons with all of our climbing gear, borrowed from an avid climber friend. Between the ropes, harnesses, various climbing pieces, and water, each of us were carrying around 40-50lbs of gear, so just getting up to the Flatirons was fairly tiring. Once we got to the base of the Flatirons, we started actually climbing. To get to the top of the first Flatiron, we had to climb about 7 different pitches. In between each pitch we had to stop, organize the ropes and re-clip in to get ready for the next pitch. 7 pitches, a little bit of rain and wind, and 4 hours later, we managed to make it to the top of the Flatiron. Once at the top, we got to experience one of the best 180 degree views of Boulder and the University of Colorado.

 After enjoying the view, we had to rappel down the back of the Flatiron and hike down to where we started. Rappelling is one of my personal favorite parts of climbing so the end of this climb was really fun. Once down from the Flatiron, we were greeted by a wonderful couple who offered us delicious chocolate (good Samaritans right there) which was the perfect way to cap off our climb. We then hiked down to the base, gathered up all our gear, and trekked back to the car. Between hiking, climbing and getting to see the beautiful view of Boulder at the top, I must say that this was one of the best days and outdoor activities I have partaken in while in Boulder.

We hike to, and then climbed, the 1st Flatiron which is the one on the far right.

My friends getting ready for the next pitch.

Me, with really bad hat/helment hair.

The view of Boulder and Campus from the top of the Flatiron.

Rappelling down from the top of the Flatiron.

Until next time and GO Buffs!

Philippe

Philippe
Mathematics and Education • Boulder, CO

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