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Routes in North Face

Balaam S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Bananarête S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Better than Watching TV (previously submitted as Fantastic Voyage) S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
BlackWave S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Clean-Up on Aisle 9 S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Crystal Method T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13
Down on the Pharm S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dr. Food S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Fantastic Planet S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
Farenheit 5.11 S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Gates of Crystal S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lunch Bucket Crack T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
O-Face, The S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Orange Crimpsicle S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Saline Lock S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Silver Girl S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Thursday Afternoon Hooky T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Tool Man S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Tour de Poudre S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Unknown West Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unknown/(Bolt Dependence?) S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Description

Crystal Wall's North Face is home to the majority of routes at this crag, including several two-pitch sport climbs and two trad routes. Enjoyable routes at both moderate and difficult grades exist here, mostly on excellent rock. Northern Colorado local Craig Leubben was responsible for some of the early development on this imposing wall.

Getting There

Use the fixed line on the roadside to get up the hill to the approach trail, which approaches the northwest corner of the North Face, near the base of West Crack. When the trail forks near the base of the wall, choose one of the paths breaking left to reach the base. Continuing uphill and right through scree leads to Duke's Wall and the Southwest Alcove.

R->L:

Routes listed can be found from climber's right to left as follows:

A. Unknown West Crack, 9, 2p, 200', gear.
B. Clean-Up on Aisle 9, 8+, 1p, 65', bolts.
C. Lunch Bucket Crack, 8 PG-13, 1p, 65', bolts & gear.
D. Gates of Crystal, 8-, 1p, 60', bolts.
E. Better than Watching TV (previously submitted as Fantastic Voyage), 11+, 2p, 130', bolts.
F. Balaam, 11+, 1p, 95', bolts.
G. Crystal Method, 11+ PG-13, 1p, 175', bolts & some gear (looks tough to protect).
H. Silver Girl, 10, 1p, 80', bolts (unfinished second pitch).
I. Tour de Poudre, 12, 2p, 140', bolts.
J. Tool Man, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
K. Thursday Afternoon Hooky, 10 R, 1p, 180', gear.
L. Fantastic Planet, 11 R, 2p, 120', bolts.
M. Farenheit 5.11, 12-, 2p, 100', bolts.
N. Bananarête , 9+, 1p, 75', bolts.
O. Orange Crimpsicle, 12+, 1p, 100', bolts.
P. Down on the Pharm, 7, 2p, 100', bolts.

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 85
Gates of Crystal
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 90
Clean-Up on Aisle 9
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 48
Saline Lock
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 36
Bananarête
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 50
Dr. Food
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 89
Silver Girl
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 14
Better than Watching TV (previously s…
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 14
Unknown/(Bolt Dependence?)
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 37
Tool Man
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 19
Balaam
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13
 3
Crystal Method
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 9
The O-Face
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 14
Farenheit 5.11
Sport 2 pitches
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 82
Tour de Poudre
Sport 2 pitches
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 6
Orange Crimpsicle
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gates of Crystal
 85
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Clean-Up on Aisle 9
 90
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Saline Lock
 48
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bananarête
 36
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Dr. Food
 50
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Silver Girl
 89
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Better than Watching TV (pr…
 14
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Unknown/(Bolt Dependence?)
 14
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tool Man
 37
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Balaam
 19
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Crystal Method
 3
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13 Trad
The O-Face
 9
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Farenheit 5.11
 14
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Tour de Poudre
 82
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Orange Crimpsicle
 6
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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