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Down on the Pharm 

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

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Sam Shannon
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Submitted By: Brian Kalet on Jun 1, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: Down on the Pharm at bottom of the pitch.


Down On The Pharm is the easiest route at Crystal Wall. It is supposed to be 2 pitches in length, but the second pitch is still in progress. According to the Poudre Canyon Rock Climbing Guide, there are only seven bolts. As of 5/31/2011, there were at least 10 bolts. The crux of the first pitch is at a small bulge while crossing over a corner to the right.


The route is far to the left side of the North Face of Crystal Wall, 50 feet left of Orange Crimpsicle. I was lowered from the 9th bolt, where I left a locking carabiner.


As of 5/31/2011, there were at least 10 bolts. I did not see any double anchors.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Anchor back on the ledge.
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By ShawnK
Aug 1, 2011

There are 10 bolts and double rap anchors hidden until after the last bolt on P1, don't know about P2. Good quality rock and good moves, good lead for beginner.

Access from Bananarete/ Crimpsicle requires some bushwacking, I recommend taking the lower trail that doesn't follow the wall too close.
By Chris Swope
From: Greeley, co
Jun 7, 2013

Did this route with my kids the other day. Man, those are some well camo'ed bolt hangers, you don't see them until you're on top of them. Overall, a pretty good route. Not sure if I would recommend it to a new leader unless he or she is solid on 5.7.
By Marty Wells
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 10, 2013

Only had 9 bolts that we could see. Didn't see the anchors either. Would be a fun beginner multi-pitch if the two pitches were established!
By John Byrnes
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 9, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I believe I clipped 12 bolts plus chain anchors. Move right after the small dihedral, pull the crux bulge, and continue to the big ledge and anchor bolts on the back wall. NOT a great toprope situation, as the rope rubs badly on the ledge edge (The anchors should be moved, either higher on the back wall, or better, to the ledge edge). I'd call this pitch 5.8.

I looked for a second pitch but didn't see any higher bolts. They could be camo'ed. The rock above looks good and like a lot of fun...
By Parker Wrozek
From: Denver, CO
Jul 26, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Decent pitch. If someone wants to TR it, just belay from the top as you have a big ledge. I counted 10 bolts and the anchor. Everything is there and looked in good shape. The route does move right a bit and runners are helpful to prevent a lot of rope drag.

Pitch two looks great, but I could only find one bolt way up with a draw hanging on it.

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