The Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC) is a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and expand climbing access on City of Boulder Department of Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) lands, to help maintain climbing resources and conserve the natural environment, and to work in tandem with OSMP and other interested parties on climbing-related issues.
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New FCC website
The FCC is finally updating our website! We are proud to be working with Stuart Paul of Nrvana Digital who is doing an excellent job on our new site.
2015 Trash Bash
Mark your calenders for the 15th-annual Trash Bash on September 9th, 2015! More information about the event will be coming soon.
Raptor Closures in the Flatirons
As of February 1, 2015, OSMP’s cliff closures to protect raptors are in effect. According to OSMP’s website, the following cliffs are closed until August 31:
- Lefthand Canyon Palisades, at the intersection of Lefthand Canyon Drive and Olde Stage Road (Buckingham Picnic area remains open)
- Mount Sanitas Summit, south of the Mt. Sanitas East Ridge Trail, east of Mt. Sanitas Trail (both trails remain open)
- Flagstaff Mountain, the north side of Flagstaff Mountain will be closed (the Boy Scout Trail will remain open)
- Third Flatiron, including the Queen Anne’s Head, W.C Fields Pinnacle, 1911 Gully and the Ghetto, the East Bench & West Bench, the East & West Ironing Boards, The Fin, Green Thumb and Jaws
- Skunk Canyon, including Ridges 2, 3 and 4, the Aechean Pronouncement, the Dreadnaught, the North Ridge and the entirety of Sacred Cliffs
- The Back Porch and The Box
- Bear Creek Spire, north of Bear Canyon Trail
- Fern Canyon, north of the Fern Canyon Trail, including the Nebel Horn Ridge, East Ridge, the Goose and the Goose Eggs (the designated Fern Canyon hiking trail will remain open)
- The Sphinx and The Wings
- Shadow Canyon and the Matron (the Maiden will remain open and accessible from the east; Shadow Canyon Trail will remain open)
- The entire Mickey Mouse wall, including South Tower, North Tower, Central Tower, Ship’s Prow, Wall of Shiva’s Dance, The Gargoyle, the East Face and Cryptic Crags
New Access Trail to the South Side of Seal Rock
As you may have seen, there is a new trail to access the south side of Seal Rock. From the base of the east face, the new trail goes southeast about 200′, and then cuts back up west to the crag. You can’t miss the sign. It may take a minute or so longer, but it’s far more sustainable, scenic and pleasant than the former trail. Please don’t use the old social trail that went straight up the hillside. A big thanks to OSMP and the volunteers who made this new trail possible!
Bolt Replacement on Mickey Mouse Wall
On September 20, 2014, Jason Hass and 37 volunteers replaced 120 bolts on 18 routes on Mickey Mouse Wall. The event was a tremendous success and you can read more about it here. Thanks to our partners at OSMP, ACE and BCC for co-sponsoring this fantastic effort.
Successful Flagstaff Trash-bash!
On September 10, OSMP and the FCC hosted the 14th annual Trash-bash. Over 35 volunteers combed Flagstaff Mountain and picked up many bags of garbage. Afterwards, we celebrated at the summit with beer, bbq and a raffle. Good times!
Crown Rock Trail Work Completed
July 2014 – OSMP and the FCC partnered to conduct extensive trail work to the Crown Rock area of Flagstaff Mountain. OSMP crews spent more 6 weeks doing trail work in the area, and a volunteer trail day was held that attracted more than 20 volunteers. The new trails, beautiful rock walls, and stairs are a big improvement to the heavily used area.
Photos: Trash from the Trash-Bash, and the improved base to the Monkey Traverse.