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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 -
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Southwest Alcove:
County Line 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Inyerbuttkwa 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Ballet of the Bulge 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
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Inyerbuttkwa 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b CO : Fort Collins : ... : Southwest Alcove
Start off on the broken, overhanging section in the middle of the alcove face. Then transition to face climbing with large and small crimps. Almost all of the holds are good until the last move. This difficult crux slabby move is devious and insecure. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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