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Southwest Alcove

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Ballet of the Bulge S 
Britney's Spear S 
County Line S 
Inyerbuttkwa S 
She's A Daisy S 

Southwest Alcove Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.69002, -105.37637 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aaron Martinuzzi on Sep 3, 2009
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The Southwest Alcove is something of a catch-all name for the routes not on the North or West Faces of Crystal Wall. Three of these routes are on the south face of Crystal Wall; they are, from left (first encountered) to right -

County Line
Ballet of the Bulge

These routes are all enjoyable and climb solid rock. Britney's Spear presents more of an adventure, involving a scramble-y, low 5th class approach to bolted anchors and an ambitious line up the side of the prominent pillar rising from the mostly broken gully. She's A Daisy lies, technically, uphill from the alcove, and rounds out Crystal Wall's offering of moderate sport climbs.

Getting There 

Follow the main trail to the southwest corner of the North Face and continue up scree, passing Duke's Wall, and turning left into a gully with a clean wall on the left. This south-facing wall is the focal point of the Alcove.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Southwest Alcove

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southwest Alcove:
County Line   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
She's A Daisy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Inyerbuttkwa   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Ballet of the Bulge   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Southwest Alcove
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County Line 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Fort Collins : ... : Southwest Alcove
The start is the most difficult part of this line. After getting over the initial shelf, cruse up on steeper rock with huge holds in all the right places. Fun movement and great holds. This line is a good warm up (if a bit too easy for some) and good for the beginning leader....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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