The immense First and Third Flatirons rise over Boulder like unmistakable landmarks signaling the presence of the Rockies. Our Flatirons Classic Climb is a discounted guided climb of one of these formations that we offer each week. Depending on the group and time of year, we’ll either climb the 1st or 3rd Flatiron.
We guide all routes on the First and Third Flatirons any day of the year (barring seasonal closures on the Third to protect nesting raptors), but we’ve designed a convenient, economical way for you to experience the most popular routes on these formations throughout the summer.
5.6 climber with multi-pitch experience. For those without experience climbing multi-pitch terrain, a multi-pitch prep course is required. This prep is $75, and is offered the evening before each outing from 6-8pm.
Colorado Mountain School
633 S. Broadway St.
Boulder, CO 80305
First Flatiron, Direct East Face An incredible route, following flakes, corners, pronounced edges and excellent friction for 1,000 feet at a modest difficulty of 5.6. The crux of the ten-pitch route comes right off the ground, then easier climbing leads to a spectacular final ridge and an airy summit.
Third Flatiron, Standard East Face Climbing pioneer, and Patagonia owner, Yvon Chouinard, called this route the “finest beginner’s climb in the country.” One of the most classic routes in all of the front range, this seven pitch route climbs up the center of the Third Flatiron face. Rated at 5.4 this route is an amazing climb regardless of your climbing ability.
With a sixteen-bed lodge available exclusively to Colorado Mountain School students, course participants are welcome to reserve a bed, but should be aware that there course meets each morning in Boulder or Denver – approximately a 50 -70 minute drive from our lodge. Our lodge is located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be book separately for $44.22/night (tax included). Please call our office for reservations.
All of our courses can be run as private outings. If you’re interested in a course, but it doesn’t fit into your schedule, please check out our private guiding options.