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BETA PHOTO: Mike Greenfield on Dark Crystal.
|The majority of these boulders are located within the Mt Evans Wilderness Area, which is regulated & patrolled by the US Forest Service. Climber MORE INFO >>>|
Dark Crystal climbs the northwest face of a vertical tooth with ~8 feet of slab guarding the very top. Begin from a stand start on obvious holds, move up to an obvious rail and make a long left hand reach to the namesake hold. Keep it together getting your feet up, negotiate the slab, and it's all over. This one borders on 4 stars for its purity, obvious features, consistent difficulty, and setting all by itself in the trees.
Dark Crystal is found easily if one starts at the Bierstadt Corridor and walks downvalley for 100 yards staying about 25 yards from the talus that looms above the area through a maze of innumerable small boulders, scrub brush and trees. Initially you will pass Jenny Craig and Public Execution up on your right, while Ben's Roof is another obvious but short problem that is also in the area about halfway between Public Execution and Dark Crystal. Dark Crystal is located all by itself on the northwest face of a spire-like tooth of a boulder surrounded by spruce trees.
A couple Organics and a spotter are a good idea.