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Crystal Wall Route 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13 [details]
FA: FA 1980 Bob Branscomb, Kim Treadaway, Ron Vardanega
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Submitted By: Ney on Jun 24, 2016

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A superb face climb on almost perfect granite that follows subtle features of the rock. Many will climb to the first anchor (double-rings) and rap off, although you can continue (tend to the right) on fun and easy runout climbing past one bolt to a double bolt belay station and then on to the top. It requires two ropes to rap off the first pitch. Note that it is easy to miss the last bolt before the first belay - its out right seemingly a little off route. If you want the same experience as the first ascensionists who were tired from hand drilling, don’t use the belay station and instead lay down flat on the upper pitch for more friction and belay from there.


To find the route, walk along the base trail until you see a blank, white granite wall that you have to climb up to reach. The climb to the bench where the climb starts is a low fifth class scramble.

On the topo image found under "Crystal Wall Area", this is climb number 2.


Typically all bolts. There is a tiny roof/flake between bolts two and three were you can optionally put a 1/4" to 1/2" cam.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Freshly rebolted, 2015
Freshly rebolted, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Brent Malicote on Crystal Wall
Brent Malicote on Crystal Wall

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