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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
Elevation: 6,142 ft
GPS: 40.693, -105.377 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Aaron Martinuzzi on Sep 3, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

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

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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