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Watch Crystal

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Apes of Wrath S 
Black Arete, The T 
Crime & Punishment S 
Doctor Doolittle S 
Dogs of Doom T 
Double Exposure S 
Double Exposure Direct T,S 
Durangutan T,S 
Evolution S 
Extra Cool T 
Hidden Gem S 
Jailhouse Monkey (on dope) T,S 
Kong Route, The T,S 
Left Picto T 
Martyr's Crown T,S 
Picto Crack T 
Power Glide S 
Primate Highway T,S 
Push-Me-Pull-You T 
Right Picto T,TR 
Simians to the Sun T,S 
Watch Crystal Crack T 
Yellow Pages T 
Unsorted Routes:

Watch Crystal  


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Description 

This is the first prominent area you get to when you hike up the trail. Most of these routes are two pitches and include some of the area's classic lines such as Simians to the Sun, Watch Crystal Crack, and Durangotang.

Getting There 

Hike up the trail, when trail forks go right to get to Simians, and go left to get to the pico area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.5 miles from here

23 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',4],['5.9',1],['5.10',7],['5.11',5],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Watch Crystal:
Yellow Pages   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Black Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Simians to the Sun   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   
Push-Me-Pull-You   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Double Exposure   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Apes of Wrath   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   
Picto Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Durangutan   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 200'   
Watch Crystal Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Primate Highway   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   
Crime & Punishment   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
Doctor Doolittle   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Kong Route   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   
Evolution   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Martyr's Crown   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Jailhouse Monkey (on dope)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   
Power Glide   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Hidden Gem   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Watch Crystal
Foreground: Gary follows Push Me Pull You. <br /> <br />Background: Lucas plays with the upper mantle sequence on Double Ex Direct.

Double Exposure Direct 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b CO : Durango : ... : Watch Crystal
Begin on a shared start with "Dogs of Doom". Solo up to the high first bolt (this is the "R" bit) and then begin the exciting, footwork-intensive face climbing sequence on solid edges, sloping sidepulls, and classic crimps until and awkward mantle. There is a small crack here for... maybe a green Alien? Move into more exciting face climbing that links into the upper portion of Double Exposure. It has great movement and great rock; this does not get the traffic it deserve...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Watch Crystal Slideshow Add Photo
Watch Crystal face.
Watch Crystal face.
Watch Crystal wall from the North.
BETA PHOTO: Watch Crystal wall from the North.
Picto beta: Bolted anchor to the FAR left atop "Double Exposure". <br /> <br />Descend via fixed line in gully.
BETA PHOTO: Picto beta: Bolted anchor to the FAR left atop "Do...

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