|Approaching summit of First Flatiron.|
For my last weekend in Colorado, I went on a 24 hour climbing spree like I have never done before. Between 3PM on Friday and 3PM on Saturday all I did was hike with heavy climbing gear, climb, rappel, talk about the next route to climb, and sleep. Oh and there was one beer in there too! A good way to end this "trip" to Colorado.
Marilla and I have been talking about doing a Flatiron climb all summer. We procrastinated long enough that the only chance we had left was to go on Friday after work and hope to not get caught in the dark. The first two pitches of the route Butterfly were sketchy and not fun, but the rest of the climb was worthwhile as expected.
|Marilla being belayed up to me. She still has the Kiwi coil around her body from simuling.|
|Flatiron ridge view.|
|Obligatory summit photo.|
|Marilla at the first belay enjoying the efficiencies (just kidding) of climbing with three people. Two ropes, multiple tie-in points, etc.|
|Ana finishing the first pitch.|
|Cheryl on the second pitch.|
The descent from this point went quite slowly. First, we waited for another climber to rappel from the fixed anchors (fair enough). Then, a solo climber came over the top and asked to hop in line for the rappel (OK, fine). However, this guy was somehow really slow setting up his rappel despite appearing quite experienced. Then, a climber below started up the rappel line (which is also a climb, of course, so fair enough). All in all it took us a year and a day to get over to the rappel station and get down. But finally we did, and agreed that it had been a good day! It took us at least three hours from start to finish.
|A Nikon AW120 CoolPix camera can still take clear photos of crazy people after being dropped.|