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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
Type: Sport, 40 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Spencer Anderson on Jun 3, 2007
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Start off with the big reach on small but good crimps. More of the same as you get higher. Crux comes about half way up off of very small foot holds on slabby crimpers. Be aware, there is a small chockstone a little past midway that is unavoidable (as far as I can tell) for both hand and foot holds. It seems secure but messes with your head.

Location

This alcove is around to the right and faces the opposite direction as the main face. To get their hike as you would to the main face but continue up the scree and talus field instead of taking the trail right. Pass the very steep wall with 4 routes on it, right after take a sharp left in the alcove. You can’t miss it. This route is the third to the right (going left to right).

Protection

5 bolts and anchors chains. It shares anchors with the route to the right.

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Dylan Demyanek
Fort Collins, CO
 
Dylan Demyanek   Fort Collins, CO
 
The best route at Crystal Wall. May 6, 2017
Snook
  5.11a/b
Snook  
  5.11a/b
Great route! It's pretty short which is the only bad part about this. The route is relatively easy in the beginning and the end with just one short crux around the 3rd bolt. It would have been hard if not for all the chalk making all the holds very obvious. This route doesn't take much figuring out because of all the chalk, so it's all about executing the moves!

At the last bolt, there's one loose rock that is stuck between a crack for both foot and hand holds. It might seems a bit sketchy at first grab, but it's really solid.

Here's video of my friend sending this route.

youtube.com/watch?v=JEdc1A2… Dec 14, 2014
JCD Derrick  
 
Super fun. Technically difficult, but physically not much tougher than 10c/d. I felt the 10c next to it was harder than this climb (pumpier at least). Aug 18, 2014
Katy90
Flagstaff, AZ
  5.11a/b
Katy90   Flagstaff, AZ
  5.11a/b
So much fun! The crux for me was after my feet had to leave the small horizontal crack/ledge. It was pulling on sharp crimps and smearing feet from there. I found that a little flexibility makes this route very doable! Jun 10, 2014
BrendanP Moran
Fort Collins, Colorado
  5.11b
BrendanP Moran   Fort Collins, Colorado
  5.11b
Delicate and dynamic moves, the only regret I have is that it was so short! It's fun to watch people hit this route too, it really does look like a ballet.... Jul 10, 2012
Kevin Landolt
Fort Collins, Wyoming
 
Kevin Landolt   Fort Collins, Wyoming
 
Excellent route! Technical climbing on small edges between good rests; and on pretty good rock. I'd say 11a redpoint - 11b onsight. It's funny how face/slab route gradings work. Go climb Origional Sin in Eve's Cave (10c) - and then Red Hot Space Suit (12b) at the Palace to get an idea of just how subjective the ratings sytem can be. May 22, 2011
Royce Simpson
  5.10b/c
Royce Simpson  
  5.10b/c
This is a super fun short line with moderate difficulty edging for the first third, then a crimper side pull crux that gets you into a nice finger crack before the anchors. As far as I can tell from the descriptions of the other routes in the Alcove, this is the third (and last) line from left to right. The one left of this is Inyerbuttkwa (10+), then left of that is County Line (5.8).

I'm not sure about the 11+ rating. I'll cast my vote for mid 10. Jul 13, 2008