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Routes in Northwest Slabs

Bolted Arete T,S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Cows are People Too T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Cows in Space T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Doctor Cow S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Paint it Sad T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Ribeye Flake T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sky Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Squid Skid T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Stiffler's Mom T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Turbo Pup T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Yellow Dihedral T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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The Northwest Slab of Greyrock offers climbing similar to that on the South and Southeast faces, but with a much more adventurous feel, since you won't be visible to hikers on the Summit Trail. A bit more of a trek than the aforementioned areas, the Northwest Slab is definitely worth a visit to climbers of any level, whose Greyrock experience won't be complete without a trip up the stellar Sky Crack. This area catches awesome afternoon sunlight, and on a cool spring evening, chasing the sun from the The South Slabs to the Northwest Slabs would make for a full, enjoyable, and scenic day. Watching the sunset from Cow Pie Ledge is an excellent reminder of why one bothers gearing up and making the hike all the way out to Greyrock to bust out some pitches.

Getting There [Edit]

Begin approaching the Northwest Face of Greyrock as for the The South Slabs, but continue past, heading for a rocky ridge that defines the skyline north of the South Slabs. Several "passes" will be evident along this ridge - aim for the arch along the ridge, and follow a rocky passage through the middle of the ridge at a cairn. More cairns mark the way north, and a final, larger cairn is in place on a boulder near the base of Sky Crack.

Descent from most routes is via a double-rope rappel from the largest bush/tree on Cow Pie Ledge. If you're looking to top out, the summit of Greyrock can be attained one of two ways - climb the Yellow Dihedral (5.9) off the left side of Cow Pie Ledge, or head right and climb/scramble up easy slabs (<5.5) until the angle eases enough to de-rope.

Descent

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Per Rodney Ley 1: it is possible to rappel from the juniper on Cow Pie Ledge with a 70m rope to a reasonable (low 5th class) downclimb to the base, but be warned, it is a s-t-r-e-t-c-h with a 70m, if you have a 60m rope better to do two short raps in the gully between ArĂȘte Route and Sky Crack, or just suck it up and down climb to the SW and scramble back to the base.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Northwest Slabs

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 17
Sky Crack
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Yellow Dihedral
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 3
Cows in Space
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sky Crack
 17
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Yellow Dihedral
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Cows in Space
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad
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Rodney Ley 1
Fort Collins, Colorado
Rodney Ley 1   Fort Collins, Colorado
Descent info: it is possible to rappel from the juniper on Cow Pie Ledge with a 70m rope to a reasonable (low 5th class) downclimb to the base, but be warned, it is a s-t-r-e-t-c-h with a 70m, if you have a 60m rope better to do two short raps in the gully between ArĂȘte Route and Sky Crack, or just suck it up and down climb to the SW and scramble back to the base. Jun 16, 2016

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