Crystal Wall's North Face is home to the majority of routes at this crag, including several two-pitch sport climbs and two trad routes. Enjoyable routes at both moderate and difficult grades exist here, mostly on excellent rock. Northern Colorado local Craig Leubben was responsible for some of the early development on this imposing wall.
Use the fixed line on the roadside to get up the hill to the approach trail, which approaches the northwest corner of the North Face, near the base of West Crack. When the trail forks near the base of the wall, choose one of the paths breaking left to reach the base. Continuing uphill and right through scree leads to Duke's Wall and the Southwest Alcove.
Routes listed can be found from climber's right to left as follows:
A. Unknown West Crack
, 9, 2p, 200', gear.
B. Clean-Up on Aisle 9
, 8+, 1p, 65', bolts.
C. Lunch Bucket Crack
, 8 PG-13, 1p, 65', bolts & gear.
D. Gates of Crystal
, 8-, 1p, 60', bolts.
E. Better than Watching TV (previously submitted as Fantastic Voyage)
, 11+, 2p, 130', bolts.
, 11+, 1p, 95', bolts.
G. Crystal Method
, 11+ PG-13, 1p, 175', bolts & some gear (looks tough to protect).
H. Silver Girl
, 10, 1p, 80', bolts (unfinished second pitch).
I. Tour de Poudre
, 12, 2p, 140', bolts.
J. Tool Man
, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
K. Thursday Afternoon Hooky
, 10 R, 1p, 180', gear.
L. Fantastic Planet
, 11 R, 2p, 120', bolts.
M. Farenheit 5.11
, 12-, 2p, 100', bolts.
, 9+, 1p, 75', bolts.
O. Orange Crimpsicle
, 12+, 1p, 100', bolts.
P. Down on the Pharm
, 7, 2p, 100', bolts.
Weather station 7.2 miles from here
21 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in North Face
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Face:
Bananarête 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Dr. Food 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Silver Girl 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Balaam 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Tool Man 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
The O-Face 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Featured Route For North Face
Tour de Poudre 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Colorado
: Fort Collins
: ... : North Face
This route is the second bolted route from the right on the Crystal Wall. The first bolted route on the right is Fantastic Voyage which I believe Craig Luebben put up. Tour de Poudre is well-bolted, goes about 100 feet for the first pitch, and has two rap anchors at the top. The first pitch goes around 5.10a/b. The second pitch is a bit shorter and more difficult. The second pitch is also well-bolted, has rap anchors, and goes around 5.12b/c. I am not absolutely sure of these ratings, although I...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado