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Shared By: Skip Harper on Nov 29, 1999 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki
Access Issue: Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 Details

Description

The Crystal Freeway is one of the hidden wonders of Vedauwoo. Its a large, flat and upturned slab of granite that forms the north face of the Friction Tower. It appears smooth from a distance, but when you get there you realize it isn't. Its literally peppered with feldspar crystals of all sizes. The bolted routes take advantage of the crystals and will test your toes. However beware, the cracks (like the 5.8 hands testpiece 'Strawberry Jam') are armed with teeth - bring tape! This place is usually sunny, quiet and seemingly remote. These features impart a high degree of uniquness to the area and make it an adventurous place to climb in.

Getting There

Take the Box Canyon Trail past Old Easy (and MRC) to the next formation on your right - this is the Friction Tower (Crystal Freeway is the north face of this formation). Continue along the trail (which is now gravel) until you see a small bridge. You will now be just past Friction Tower. Ahead you will see the third formation on your right, Turtle Rock. You need to negotiate the upwardly tilted, smooth slabs of Turtle Rock eastward (up and right) to the saddle between it and Friction Tower. Continue along between these two formations about 100 yards and you will see the Crystal Freeway on your right. Go down towards the base sooner rather than later. Access to the routes is easiest along the base of the wall. I know it sounds difficult, but try it! It's worth it.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crystal Freeway

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 13
Northeast Cutoff
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 23
Kitchen's Delight 2
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 74
Strawberry Jam
Trad 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 17
Grunt Lieback
Trad, TR
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Mr. Chimp
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Northeast Cutoff
 13
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Kitchen's Delight 2
 23
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Strawberry Jam
 74
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Grunt Lieback
 17
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Mr. Chimp
 3
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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