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Routes in Southwest Alcove

Ballet of the Bulge S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Britney's Spear S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
County Line S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Inyerbuttkwa S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
She's A Daisy S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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The Southwest Alcove is something of a catch-all name for the routes not on the North or West Faces of Crystal Wall. Three of these routes are on the south face of Crystal Wall; they are, from left (first encountered) to right -

County Line
Inyerbuttkwa
Ballet of the Bulge

These routes are all enjoyable and climb solid rock. Britney's Spear presents more of an adventure, involving a scramble-y, low 5th class approach to bolted anchors and an ambitious line up the side of the prominent pillar rising from the mostly broken gully. She's A Daisy lies, technically, uphill from the alcove, and rounds out Crystal Wall's offering of moderate sport climbs.

Getting There [Edit]

Follow the main trail to the southwest corner of the North Face and continue up scree, passing Duke's Wall, and turning left into a gully with a clean wall on the left. This south-facing wall is the focal point of the Alcove.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Southwest Alcove

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 94
County Line
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 68
Inyerbuttkwa
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 76
Ballet of the Bulge
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
Britney's Spear
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
County Line
 94
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Inyerbuttkwa
 68
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Ballet of the Bulge
 76
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Britney's Spear
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
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