The Northwest Slab of Greyrock offers climbing similar to that on the South and Southeast faces, but with a much more adventurous feel, since you won't be visible to hikers on the Summit Trail. A bit more of a trek than the aforementioned areas, the Northwest Slab is definitely worth a visit to climbers of any level, whose Greyrock experience won't be complete without a trip up the stellar Sky Crack. This area catches awesome afternoon sunlight, and on a cool spring evening, chasing the sun from the The South Slabs to the Northwest Slabs would make for a full, enjoyable, and scenic day. Watching the sunset from Cow Pie Ledge is an excellent reminder of why one bothers gearing up and making the hike all the way out to Greyrock to bust out some pitches.
Begin approaching the Northwest Face of Greyrock as for the The South Slabs, but continue past, heading for a rocky ridge that defines the skyline north of the South Slabs. Several "passes" will be evident along this ridge - aim for the arch along the ridge, and follow a rocky passage through the middle of the ridge at a cairn. More cairns mark the way north, and a final, larger cairn is in place on a boulder near the base of Sky Crack.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Northwest Slabs:
Sky Crack 5.7 Trad, 1 pitch, 230 feet
Yellow Dihedral 5.8 Trad, 3 pitches, 450 feet, Grade II
Cows are People Too 5.9 PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 200 feet
Cows in Space 5.10b R Trad, 1 pitch, 200 feet
Turbo Pup 5.10b PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100 feet
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Sky Crack 5.7 CO : Fort Collins : ... : Northwest Slabs
Sky Crack is an amazing finger- and hand-crack that defines, and ascends, the right margin of the NW Slabs. The climb is easily identified as a clean crack splitting the low-angle slab above the base cairn, and begins in a right-facing, right-leaning dihedral below and the to the left of the crack.Begin by liebacking around the right side of a white flake leaning against the wall below the base of the dihedral and continue to lieback up the dihedral above. It's probably worth slinging your pro...[more] Browse More Classics in CO