Monday afternoon I did something entirely new to me, climbed the first Flatiron in Boulder. Now this isn't a very technical climb, we actually had 4 people pass us doing the route free solo but it was awesome none the less. The views from the climb are stellar, and there are enough technical places to keep you wide awake during the climb. The first two pitches are pretty exposed forward slab, so while it's not difficult if you trust your feet and shoes it's also a mental game of "how bad will the cheese grater effect be if I slip?"
Greg and I managed to climb it in 8.5 pitches, we estimated somewhere over 1100 feet total (or as Greg figured it later "at least 30 gym-pitches!"). I was a little sore on Tuesday, but all in all it was worth it. This trip was just a scouting mission for a set of photos Greg is really keen on getting when the surrounding area greens up with spring.
We did start just about 3:30pm, and managed to finish in the dark. Greg had planned for this by us doing the climb the night of the full moon, it was nice enough that we didn't even have to pull out the headlamps for the last bit to the car. Finish it up with a huge burrito from Juanita's and life was good...
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