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Crystal Wall's North Face is home to the majority of routes at this crag, including several two-pitch sport climbs and two trad routes. Enjoyable routes at both moderate and difficult grades exist here, mostly on excellent rock. Northern Colorado local Craig Leubben was responsible for some of the early development on this imposing wall.
Use the fixed line on the roadside to get up the hill to the approach trail, which approaches the northwest corner of the North Face, near the base of West Crack. When the trail forks near the base of the wall, choose one of the paths breaking left to reach the base. Continuing uphill and right through scree leads to Duke's Wall and the Southwest Alcove.
Routes listed can be found from climber's right to left as follows:
17 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Face:
Clean-Up on Aisle 9 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
BananarÍte 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Silver Girl 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Unknown/(Bolt Dependence?) 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Balaam 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Fantastic Planet 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a R Sport, 2 pitches, 120'
Tool Man 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Farenheit 5.11 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 2 pitches, 100'
Tour de Poudre 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 2 pitches, 140'
Orange Crimpsicle 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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Tour de Poudre 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b CO : Fort Collins : ... : North Face
This route is the second bolted route from the right on the Crystal Wall. The first bolted route on the right is Fantastic Voyage which I believe Craig Luebben put up. Tour de Poudre is well-bolted, goes about 100 feet for the first pitch, and has two rap anchors at the top. The first pitch goes around 5.10a/b. The second pitch is a bit shorter and more difficult. The second pitch is also well-bolted, has rap anchors, and goes around 5.12b/c. I am not absolutely sure of these ratings, although I...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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