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Routes in The Crystal Tower

Cornered Again S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Crystallize S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Hot Rocks S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Mineral Museum T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Psychedelic Mini-Fridge S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Quartz Sports S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Skippin' Stones S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Richard Wright, Mark Tarrant, Fall 2005
Page Views: 1,685 total · 11/month
Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Sep 14, 2005
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Cornered Again is just right of the rarely climbed 5.12d and two lines right of Skipping Stones, and the fifth route counting left to right. (N.B.: a much harder line was established on the right and about the same time as CA and it ascends through a parallel crack system at 20 feet.) CA climbs a flake and corner system to a small roof and slab just below the anchor. Strenuous climbing in the entry moves gives way to more relaxed climbing above. CA is well protected and offers several good rests between cruxes. The route crux arose in the first four clips.

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Bring a dozen draws and something for the double bolt anchor.

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I found the moves past the 1st bolt to be pretty strenuous, made more so by the dirt and scale on much of the rock. Seemed hard for 11a, but then I backed off after the second bolt...maybe it ends up climbing better past that. Jul 22, 2007
desbien
seattle,wa
desbien   seattle,wa
I didn't like this route. I kept finding myself trying to take the more direct line in two distinct spots; once left on the sidepull/undercling, quartz formation and then again directly above that. Bail route for 11a. Route doesn't flow well. Apr 13, 2008
Aeon Aki

  5.11b
Aeon Aki    
  5.11b
The beginning of this route is hard which is almost unfortunate since the rest of this route (everything after the third bolt) is moderate and very enjoyable. Someone told me before I set off that it was chossy and had a lot of loose rock on it. At the top of the pillar you eventually stand upon, there are some chockstones and small pieces of loose rock; however, it is very obvious what and what not to pull on. Other than that, this route is bullet and if you can pull off an awkward 5.11 sequence to get started, easier and much more enjoyable climbing awaits. Apr 13, 2008
Jeremy Jacobsen
  5.11a
Jeremy Jacobsen  
  5.11a
Short interesting crux near the start leads to very enjoyable technical stem climbing. I climbed all the routes on The Crystal Tower today except for the poorly bolted thing to the right of this, and I think this route is a great warm-up for Skipping Stones or Quartz Sports. Routes on this feature are some of my favorite in the canyon, and this one is no exception. Jun 21, 2014

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