|Hiking||8.30 Miles|| 5 Hrs 32 Mns ||1.50 mph|
|3,340 ft AEG|
|Reverse Flatiron with the agave coin crack climb:
We got a late start...
like 4pm.. this is how many adventure stories begin.
I was in need of a bit of mood elevation when I got the invite. I was all in! We spent a bit of time trying to figure out exactly where to go. The little battleship and the crown rock were our guide. We followed them to a wash which was obviously a trail.
"Draws/washes are great for finding a route up or down until you run into a(dry)waterfall drop off"
We passed a few awesome campsites and continued on. We were moments away from the summit when I realized we were on a false peak, I saw the amount of daylight and began to worry. I looked at the bail options and got a lot more worried. We were on the wrong side of a huge cavern that separated us from the actual peak. It was Liz that continued on she seemed to know about the unknown/ invisible "land bridge" that appeared magically before our eyes. We hurried across the magical land bridge toward the summit.
More bad news, the summit was closely guarded by a huge rock wall that would take hours to go around. I saw a solution, it was CRAZY but I had a feeling it would work out. By this time it was really late be were losing the daylight quickly. We hiked up the scree slope toward the climb..
The actual climb was also raised off of the steep slope, this made me realize a fall would have VERY serious consequences. I looked at the crack and to my surprise and joy there were a few coins pushed into it, they were weathered and old. I wanted one but couldn't get it out...
ENOUGH STALLING it was time and now I knew this area in the wall was marked, it must be okay.
that was the thing... If it wasn't I wouldn't be able to safely down-climb this area I was about to go up. This was it. I moved cautiously and even thanked Jameson for his thoughtful but useless spot.
(I knew if I fell I would have fallen past him and continued down the cliff and the scree slope.)
A the top of the crack section was a small boulder problem. it was probably only a 5.6 move but the agave made it a bit more serious. You had to smear and sort of jump to a hold and work your way back to a higher hold. It took me forever to decide to do that move. I heard Liz say: "Is everything okay up there..?"
Not knowing the answer I decided to move- It worked and was a bit easier than I imagined. I sat at the top and talked Liz through the same move- I was so proud of her I took her photo, at the time she wasn't thrilled but after I knew she'd want to see it.
We reached the summit just as the sun set!!
We paid our respects to the crash site, went to the flatiron and then headed down the trail. One minor incident with almost taking the wrong flat trail out but other than that it was smooth sailing. Thank you LIZzard and Jameson for a great trip.
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