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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Andy starts up the First Flatiron's North Arete.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Josh nears the crux of the route, an awkward 5.4 step in the ridge. Photo by Andy.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Looking down the massive east face of the First Flatiron. There's a lot of air up here on the North Arete; its one of my favorite Flatiron climbs.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


I belay Josh from atop a small tower along the ridge. This is my 3rd time climbing this part of the route and it feels great to be leading it this time. Photo by Andy.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Josh belays Andy & I after a short downclimb into a notch before the next tower.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Looking down the North Arete at the City of Boulder.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Me leading the alternate 5.6 finish to the summit of the First Flatiron. The standard route sneaks around on easy terrain on the far right side. Photo by Andy.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Close-up of me leading the crux of the day's climb. Photo by Andy.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Josh sizes up the final obstacle while I belay him from the summit.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Andy rappels off the back of the First Flatiron.

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First Flatiron - North Arete
Boulder, Colorado
May 26, 2011


Josh on the summit.