|The 3rd Flatiron from the South either on the Royal Arch or the 5th Flatiron.|
|Kendrick a few feet below the summit. Please excuse my thumb.|
|Downclimbing the 5th (Photo: Kendrick)|
|Finishing off the gully on the second piece of the 4th (Photo: Kendrick)|
|Summit of the 4th, looking at the 5th. The Royal Arch can be seen somewhere in there, I believe right above the sun flare.|
|Takin' Care of Business, a Roach Top 10, on Green Mountain Pinnacle we passed on the descent. Quite the chimney.|
|Top o' the 4th. Face should describe how I felt about it. (Photo: Kendrick)|
|Kendrick on the top o' the 3rd|
|SW Chimney downclimb on the 3rd (Photo: Kendrick)|
|....Aaaand the sun is behind the mountain.|
With the end in sight we powered (bumbled more like) down to the base of the 1st. Kendrick suggest we could do the North route if I didn't feel like doing the frictiony first pitch. I feel quite comfortable on the Direct East Face of the 1st after making a point to practice it, and I would not have any asterisk next to this Quinfecta. Given how completely far off our time goal we were at this point we went slow as sloths up the face, enjoying the company of a several other soloists. Eventually we stepped through the last notch and onto the summit - only 20 minutes from water. We downclimbed in less sloth-like fashion than we ascended though I know I still was feeling quite sloth-like. Gingerly jogging back down I was happy to check this behemoth day of scrambling off my list.
|Good ol' climbing butt-shot of Kendrick on the final moves before gaining the North Arete. Camera angle makes it look vertical, but its definitely not.|
|Summit of the 1st. Zero flatirons in sight or left to climb!|
|Done! Well, pretty much. (Photo: Kendrick)|
|Another pitch of 5.4-ish scrambling along the North Arete of the first. Photo: Kendrick|
|Feet from the finish. Feeling like this. Really do please click that link, I had that scene stuck in my head for the last 2 and a half hours. Photo by Kendrick|
Route was a hair under 10 miles with about 5,800 feet of gain, so yeah, it was mostly "hills". It took us 6 hours 39 minutes (including stops) - a full 4 and a half hours longer than the FKT - but with practice it could go much faster. I probably won't practice it though. I'd rather do "Royal Quartets" skipping the 4th all together and enjoying my precious Freeway.
I linked all the routes we did to their description on MountainProject, just for fun if someone wanted to read more about a route. I might add more pics if I get some from Kendrick who took a bunch.