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5.11b, Sport, 60 ft,  Avg: 3.5 from 86 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > Canon City > Shelf Rd > Gym


Just left of the Great Escape (two routes left of Morning Stretch) is Crystal. I like Crystal better than Great Escape, just because it climbs out into the middle of the big blankish looking face, and it is more aesthetic. Great Escape hugs a little closer to the dihedral and doesn't look quite as nice. However, both routes climb very similarly, with thin moves on bullet-hard compact limestone.


8 bolts to anchor with fixed miners.

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Justin getting a lap before the storm.
[Hide Photo] Justin getting a lap before the storm.
The route in all its splendor. Start on a sandy ledge system under the chalk seen in the bottom center.
[Hide Photo] The route in all its splendor. Start on a sandy ledge system under the chalk seen in the bottom center.

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Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] I think this is a really great route. The start is a bit chossy (what Shelf route isn't?), but then the rock becomes stellar. The moves are continuous, and there are some really nice pockets and edges. This is a great warmup for harder stuff, or a good project for those at their limit. Mar 21, 2005
Zane Dordai
Salt Lake City
[Hide Comment] This climb became my favorite warmup for the harder 12s due to its consistent nature on all decent holds. Nothing too sharp either. Last I remember the bolts were angle iron and a little sketchy (had a friend take some big whips on them one time though, so they seem to be okay), but everything else about this climb is sweet. Sep 2, 2013
Glenn Schuler
Monument, Co.
[Hide Comment] As good as they come for mid-.11 Shelf routes, highly recommended! As such, this thing should be at the top of the list of routes that need a bolting upgrade. If/when I get my hands on some ASCA hardware, I'll be glad to put in some work & get 'er done. Apr 6, 2014
Bruno Hache
Longmont, CO
[Hide Comment] Cone/soft metal bolts rebolted with ASCA hardware by Nate in Fall 2014.
Special thanks to ASCA for the hardware. Dec 18, 2014
[Hide Comment] Thanks for the hardware upgrade on this great route. There's still one old bed frame hanger up high for historical purposes. Apr 6, 2015
[Hide Comment] Follow jugs for the first few bolts to fun, small, textured crimps and pinches. May 26, 2015
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
[Hide Comment] A huge ( 60+ lb. ) flake came off the top of this yesterday. A helmet wouldn't have helped at all, but more importantly it is a good reminder that this rock type is especially susceptible to freeze/thaw cycles, and you can never be too sure that what was solid last season is still attached.

Anyways, fantastic route. I think this is my favorite for the grade at Shelf. Jan 30, 2017
Matt Jones
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] Anyone know what the route to the left is that shares the first couple bolts with this route? Apr 9, 2019