Trip Report
Sunday Morning in the Park with Meaghan

by Edge
Sunday May 4, 2014 7:14pm
Chataugua Park, that is.

After a hellaciously over-long week of work, I needed to take a mental break outdoors on something that wouldn't rob me of the little remaining fumes my body was running on. I texted my daughter Meaghan who needed a similar break from the evils of sport climbing and teaching middle school math. I chose the uber-classic North Ridge of the First Flatiron as our objective.

I met my partner roadside. She had to recoil her rope to ditch the rope bag.

70 meters of filthy nylon.
70 meters of filthy nylon.
Credit: Edge

The wildflowers were out in full bloom on the hike.

Credit: Edge

Credit: Edge

Meaghan points out our objective.

Summit or plummet.
Summit or plummet.
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We draw close after tens of minutes of arduous uphill trudging.

I have a sixth sense when it comes to finding rock. For realz.
I have a sixth sense when it comes to finding rock. For realz.
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Somehow we ended up below some mystery slabs which we later discovered to be the First Flatironette. "Shall we solo it," asked Meaghan. I could solo it. Meg could solo it. Could I solo it with my only daughter? Nope, I prefer to not be told about such things, which is the same respect I show my mom. "There will be no soloing today, Meg."

And then I proceeded to lead the first pitch.

I placed gear at every opportunity.
I placed gear at every opportunity.
Credit: Edge

The view became sweeping.

Boulder
Boulder
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From the top of the Flatironette we simul climbed 2 pitches of fourth class to get to the ridge proper.

Ridge hopping.
Ridge hopping.
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There was a crow mooning me as I ascended the ridge. I said, "hello" and he gave me a fierce runway pose.

Cawwwww
Cawwwww
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It's hard to get off route.

Follow the ridge.
Follow the ridge.
Credit: Edge

One of the early false summits.
One of the early false summits.
Credit: Edge

Au cheval
Au cheval
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High over Boulder.
High over Boulder.
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At the final notch before the summit the wind, which was blowing hard all day, started wreaking havoc with the rope. I would later have to saddle coil the ends over a sling to make the rap descent. There was no good whatsoever to come from just hucking coils off the summit and into the maelstrom.

Meg trying not to become a human kite.
Meg trying not to become a human kite.
Credit: Edge

At last, the final chimney.

Almost there!
Almost there!
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In embarrassingly typical fashion we forgot to snap a summit selfie (and I've been practicing my "duck lips" too...) but I did get this cool shot of Meaghan on the free hanging rappel.

Rapping, duh.
Rapping, duh.
Credit: Edge

On the walk out I asked this nice lady to take a pic for us. "Oooh, you betcha." She had just moved here from Minnesota.

How the f_(& did I end up with all the gear?
How the f_(& did I end up with all the gear?
Credit: Edge

Did I mention the spring flowers were in bloom? Pretty, aren't they?

A rose by any other name.
A rose by any other name.
Credit: Edge

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About the Author
Edge is a trad climber from Boulder, CO. And a poser. Definitely a poser.

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sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
  May 4, 2014 - 07:38pm PT
Nice TR. Great when kids take interest in what their elders are up to.
clockclimb

Trad climber
Orem, Utah
  May 4, 2014 - 07:40pm PT
Woo Hoo! Way to get after it. There is nothing like climbing multi-pitch with your child.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  May 4, 2014 - 07:45pm PT
always good to get out
philo

Trad climber
Is that the light at the end of the tunnel or a tr
  May 4, 2014 - 07:46pm PT
Most excelent Edge. TFPU>
johntp

Trad climber
socal
  May 4, 2014 - 07:57pm PT
BBST. Good thing you placed a lot of pro.
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
  May 4, 2014 - 07:59pm PT
Nice.
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
  May 4, 2014 - 08:02pm PT
Wonderful happiness and joy. A most excellent adventure.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Author's Reply  May 4, 2014 - 08:06pm PT
Meg has been living in Denver for two years, but this was her first Flatiron climb. I just looked in my old log books and I last climbed it in 1981.

The benefit of having kept detailed log books. I can't trust my memory...
The benefit of having kept detailed log books. I can't trust my memory anymore.
Credit: Edge
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
  May 4, 2014 - 08:10pm PT
Sounds like the adventure I had in August of 1954, wandering up those things. Nice TR.
TRo

climber
  May 4, 2014 - 08:16pm PT
Haven't seen you two since the Boulder Morty's days and the comp scene. Great to see you two together climbing.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  May 4, 2014 - 08:38pm PT
Thanks for sharing your adventure . . . you are so fortunate to spend precious time with your daughter.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  May 4, 2014 - 09:33pm PT
Good on ya!!,
Thank you!!!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  May 4, 2014 - 11:24pm PT
Family TR's always rock!
The smiles tell me you had fun, thanks for the share.
Tad
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
  May 5, 2014 - 12:11am PT
nice photos, enjoyed reading the personal history
Studly

Trad climber
WA
  May 5, 2014 - 12:31am PT
That was cool, thanks you.
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
  May 5, 2014 - 01:01am PT
I always love the father/daughter TRs. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you.
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  May 5, 2014 - 03:43am PT
Nice! I hope to have these experiences one day. Time will tell! My father/daughter weekend sort of included climbing- playing hot lava monster on the school play structure with her and her friends, with some highball boulder problems in fast motion.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  May 5, 2014 - 05:11am PT
Great stuff Edge!

How the f_(& did I end up with all the gear?

Because pretty girls ain't supposed to be lugging heavy ugly stuff around after a great victory. Haven't you heard?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  May 5, 2014 - 09:45am PT
Nice!

DMT
W.L.

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
  May 5, 2014 - 09:56am PT
Woohoo! Flatiron scramblin'! Thanks for posting!
Prod

Trad climber
  May 5, 2014 - 10:22am PT
After a hellaciously over-long week of work

You must work with a real prick!

Nice TR looks like fun.

Prod.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  May 5, 2014 - 10:41am PT
hey there say, edge.... wow! say, loved the intro:


After a hellaciously over-long week of work, I needed to take a mental break outdoors on something that wouldn't rob me of the little remaining fumes my body was running on

and wow, with faster net i CAN SEE ALL THE PICS...

great pics...

NOW, i can comment on them, :))



loved the 'touch the tip' pointing to the climb, as, those are always fun...

great rock and in action shots...

and best:
wow, the one with the flowers, framing daughter....
and good dad and daughter shot, too!

neat share!!!
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