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Elevation: 6,200 ft 1,890 m
GPS: 40.6936, -105.37656
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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.

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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:

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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.

26 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
 144
Gates of Crystal
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 58
Buttercup
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 178
Clean-Up on Aisle 9
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 115
Saline Lock
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 90
Bananarête
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 128
Dr. Food
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 156
Silver Girl
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 59
Tool Man
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 28
Balaam
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 31
The O-Face
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 26
Farenheit 5.11
Sport 2 pitches
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 144
Tour de Poudre
Sport 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 18
Trilogy
Sport
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 6
BlackWave
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 11
Orange Crimpsicle
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gates of Crystal
 144
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Buttercup
 58
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Clean-Up on Aisle 9
 178
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Saline Lock
 115
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bananarête
 90
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Dr. Food
 128
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Silver Girl
 156
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Tool Man
 59
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Balaam
 28
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
The O-Face
 31
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Farenheit 5.11
 26
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Tour de Poudre
 144
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Trilogy
 18
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
BlackWave
 6
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Orange Crimpsicle
 11
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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