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 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 230'
Squid Skid 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 450'
Paint it Sad 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 200'
Yellow Dihedral 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 450'
Ribeye Flake 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Cows are People Too 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Turbo Pup 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Cows in Space 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b R Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Doctor Cow 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 200'
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Cows in Space 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b R CO : Fort Collins : ... : Northwest Slabs
One of the best pitches at Greyrock.First off, the Northwest Slab topo in the new NC3 guide shows this route to be about 75 feet right (and on a completely different slab) of where it actually is. Cows in Space is more in line with the routes labled #40 and #41. This route was recently retrobolted and there are now six bolts. I know Skip Harper and doubt the coward who retro-bolted his route asked for permission before doubling the bolt count. Bad ethics, bad karma. The big slab belo...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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