Crosswinds Rock Climbing
Routes in Crosswinds
|Bends (a.k.a. Decompression Sickness), The S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b|
|Grippin' the Cutlass S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|High Tide S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Parrot Bay S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Power Structure S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b|
|Serpant's Rising S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Stomping the Cleaver T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13|
|Shared By:||Jonathan Siegrist on Jul 16, 2010|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionJust a short hike North of Wizard's Gate and Castaway Crag lies a large free-standing pillar with a tall, bulging west face that features a variety of unique sport climbs. Crosswinds exhibits a number of new routes (along with some classics) that will stretch your rope and test your capacity for burl. Most of the routes have good rests (or full on bivy ledges), but in-turn provide stout boulder problems. At just above 10,000 feet, nestled in a sea of open talus, Crosswinds is mostly exposed to the elements and can feel quite alpine at times. Expect full, uninterrupted sunlight on a clear day after 1-2pm. The views are absolutely stunning.
Getting ThereBegin the approach as you would for Wizard's Gate. Just after entering the final talus below the Lower Great Face, break hard left and follow a cairn path around the lowest point of Castaway Crag and across some talus far below the Upper Great Face to find the free-standing Crosswinds. (Can't be missed.)
Adds about 5 minutes to the approach compared to Wizards, and it can be reached from Wizards by simply hugging the cliff and walking north until you pass below Castaway- then break straight across the talus (this takes around 5-10 minutes).
Classic Climbing Routes at Crosswinds
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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