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County Line 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Spencer Anderson on Jun 3, 2007

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The start is the most difficult part of this line. After getting over the initial shelf, cruse up on steeper rock with huge holds in all the right places. Fun movement and great holds. This line is a good warm up (if a bit too easy for some) and good for the beginning leader.


This alcove is around to the right and faces the opposite direction as the main face. To get there 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 routs on it, then take a sharp left into the alcove. Can’t miss it. This route is the first of three going left to right.


[7] bolts and chain anchors. Helmet isn't a bad idea, the rock is still cleaning up.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Southwest Alcove - County Line.
BETA PHOTO: Southwest Alcove - County Line.
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By Royce Simpson
Jul 13, 2008
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

A very nice 5.8. The start is a little devious as you hump over the initial bulge. The bulk of the climb features great edges and ledges. The finish is a little dicey if you take the slabby arete to the left or you can stem the opposite wall for a easier finish.

This is the first line from left to right in the Alcove.
By smallakin
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 19, 2009

As a beginning leader, I would say that the comment about this being good for a beginning leader is inaccurate. The path to take at the start is not obvious and the finish is a tricky clip. Moves in the middle were definitely fun though.
By Jon Lachelt
From: Fort Collins, CO
Sep 27, 2010

The NCCC Poudre Canyon Route Climbing Guide has a misleading picture on page 57. This route (#23) is actually on the arete to the left of where it is labeled in the photo. #24 runs roughly where #23 is pictured.
By Jess Rumburg
From: Fort Collins
May 30, 2011

Just climbed this yesterday as my very first lead. Lots of bolts and plenty of good holds. Some loose rock, so look out. The hardest part was between the last bolt and the anchor. Great route though.
By Nick Broeder
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Nov 2, 2011
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

This route is not the same if you don't start it from the very bottom and come up the first little bulge, and the top is fun. Great warm-up for the routes to the right.
By tkessel
From: Windsor,CO
May 2, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

One of the better 5.8's I've done, flakes, jugs, real cool.

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