Flatiron #5. North Ridge Route, 5.4
This is what I call a "candy" climb. Not at all difficult, no tough jamming or problems etc. But not so easy that it isn't fun. It's a pleasant excursion, a great way to spend a great day on a rock. The really cool thing about this one is the scenery and views - unique from a "Southern" Flatiron perspective. The other flatirons, and the Southern hills / metro area are seen in a different light. And it was an excellent August day! And as mentioned, this one isn't climbed often so there's no waiting in line like for the 1st and 3rd flatirons!



South from 3rd pitch.
Flatirons #1, #2, #3, and #4.

North from 3rd pitch.



Looking down the Flatiron from Pitch 3 at the Royal Arch.
Gary belays me at the end of pitch 3. Kris is behind me waiting. Most of the climb on the 3rd and 4th pitches is right on the ridge - easy and cool!

On the 3rd and 4th pitches, you are essentially scrambling up the ridge. A nice easy lieback, and on several stretches, I actually stood up and walked!



The Beast
This rock is behind (West) and just North of the 5th Flatiron. I think it is part of the 4th Flatiron(s) formation. I don't know if it has a name (it should!) or if there are any climbing routes. The slab looks cool but that's one devil of an overhang!
Do you see the eyes, the nose, forehead and long snout? Does it look like some ancient beast or am I just hallucinating? Again.

Zoom shot in.


You will see many rocks / flatirons behind the 5th and to either side. They look interesting for good climbs. I didn't know what they were, or the names, if there are any. The massive 4th was behind and left (North).



The 4th Flatiron.
Looks like a really cool smooth slab. Said to be one of the more challenging flatirons; I'll get to it eventually.
Looking East from the 4th pitch. NCAR center off to the right.