Seal Rock

31 May 2018

We were in Boulder, CO one day, and we decided that we should climb one of the iconic Flatirons. Many were closed due to Raptor Nesting, so we chose to climb the East Face North Side of Seal Rock, rated at a cool 5.4. I noticed that the Flatirons were very popular for soloing, but I had trouble understanding why.

Looking up at a gently sloped rock climb.

Soon enough, I found myself doing 50 feet run-outs, and putting gear in because “I probably should”. At parts, I was literally jogging along the rock. God forbid, I’d be seen with a generous double-rack on this climb.

Man in the middle of a rock climbing making the peace sign with his hand. You can see the boulder flatirons in the distance.

Nonetheless, we fully (& well protected) enjoyed the 4 pitches of Seal Rock w/ great views of Boulder, CO.

Landscape shot of boudler and the flatiron rocks to the left.

We made it to the ground just in time to meet up with our friends for lunch.

Looking down at a man rapelling, frowning, with a hundreds of feet of air below him.

The rappel might have been scarier than the climb.

climbing photography