FKT: Peter Bakwin - Flatirons Linkups (Boulder, CO) - 2020-01-14

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53 Roach Classics
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9d 5h 22m 0s

I wanted to submit this here mostly because it is the first time the 53 Classics have been completed in winter, as far as I know.  I expect the 53 Classics will be done MUCH faster as early as next fall (note that 20 of these climbs are closed for nesting raptors Feb 1 - July 31).

After doing Roach's Top 10 Flatirons climbs in 11h27m on 1/4/2020, I decided to try to get the rest of the Classics done in January.  I tried to take advantage of the dry weather in early Jan, but life intervened some days.  We had a string of mild (generally below 40 degrees while I was climbing), dry days mid-month, and I was able to get out each day and finish off all the climbs.  One thing I learned is that even on a cool morning the rocks are warm pretty early if there is strong Sun.  On the 11th when I topped out on the Seal it was 28 degrees at NCAR, but climbing w/o gloves was OK.  But, each day at 1pm the Sun goes off the rocks and it was immediately cold.  All climbs were done alone.  I did the following linkups for this project.

Jan 04:  First Flatiron (Direct EF), Third Flatiron (Standard EF & Friday's Folly), Green Mtn Pinnacle (West Chimney), Stairway to Heaven, Backporch, Fatiron, Maiden (NF), Matron (EF & NF), Pellaea [Roach's Top 10, plus the Matron EF], 11h27m from Chautauqua

Jan 08:  Fiddlehead, Onoclea, The Slab (Diagonal), Central Shanahan Crag (SE Ridge & SF), Tiny Tower, 3h46m from Cragmoor

Jan 11:  Seal Rock (EF S Side), S Dinosaur Egg (Hatch), N Dinosaur Egg (Rehatch), Der Freischutz (SE Ridge & Free Shot), Fi, Fo, Dinosaur Rock, 4h15m from Chautauqua

Jan 12:  T-0, First Pinnacle, West Bench (The Slot), Second Pinnacle, The Spy, First Flatiron (N Arete & Baker's Way), Second Flatiron (Freeway & Dodge Block), Sunsette Flatironette, Third Flatiron (EF S Side & Winky Woo), W.C. Fields Pinnacle, Queen Anne's Head, Hillbilly Rock, Tomato Rock, 6h25m from Chautauqua

Jan 13:  Morning After, Challenger, Hammerhead, Fourth Flatiron, Fifth Flatiron (EF N Side & EF S Side), Regency, 4h15m from Chautauqua

Jan 14:  Satan's Slab, Angel's Way, Achaean Pronouncement, Rainbow, Frontporch, 3h29m from NCAR


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Well now,

Way to get out after it yourself!!!