Elevation: 6,200 ft
GPS: 40.694, -105.377 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aaron Martinuzzi on Sep 3, 2009
Admins: James Schroeder, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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, 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.

23 Total Climbs

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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
 19
Buttercup
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 110
Gates of Crystal
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 129
Clean-Up on Aisle 9
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 80
Saline Lock
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 55
Bananarête
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 81
Dr. Food
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 110
Silver Girl
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 23
Bolt Dependence
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 20
Balaam
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 44
Tool Man
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 13
The O-Face
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 19
Farenheit 5.11
Sport 2 pitches
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 110
Tour de Poudre
Sport 2 pitches
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 3
BlackWave
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 8
Orange Crimpsicle
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Buttercup
 19
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Gates of Crystal
 110
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Clean-Up on Aisle 9
 129
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Saline Lock
 80
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bananarête
 55
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Dr. Food
 81
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Silver Girl
 110
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Bolt Dependence
 23
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Balaam
 20
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Tool Man
 44
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The O-Face
 13
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Farenheit 5.11
 19
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Tour de Poudre
 110
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
BlackWave
 3
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Orange Crimpsicle
 8
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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