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Routes in The Crystal Tower

Cornered Again S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 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 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Quartz Sports S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Skippin' Stones S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Julian Kinsman
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Shared By: Patrick Pharo on Oct 5, 2013
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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20 feet of slabby climbing leads to a high first bolt that should be in reach from good underclings. Consider a stick clip, or at a minimum don't blow it. A powerful boulder problem guards access to the face, and then techy climbing on good edges and generally positive features lead up and left to the arete. A second boulder problem, this more technical than powerful, is encountered prior to the airy finish. Consider a #0.4 or 0.5 BD sized piece of gear for your first run to the chains.

Hot Rocks is a route with great movement and nice rock, and it doesn't get the traffic it deserves.


Just left of Cornered Again, Hot Rocks ascends the left face and arete of the clean panel comprising the downstream/eastern face of The Crystal Tower.


I believe there are 9 bolts.


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Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
After over 10 years, this thing felt much harder than I remember and would be a great candidate for some serious re-bolting to make more sensible clips. Regardless, the price of admission is a burly move. Jun 1, 2015
Consider an additional bolt between first and second. I really wanted to try this route but bailed when I decided I didn't want a close encounter with the deck whilst clipping the second bolt. Jun 21, 2014