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Southwest Alcove

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L to R R to L Alpha
Ballet of the Bulge S 
Britney's Spear S 
County Line S 
Inyerbuttkwa S 
She's A Daisy S 

Southwest Alcove Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.69322, -105.3765 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Southwest Alcove is something of a catch-all name for the routes not on the North or West Faces of Crystal Wall. Three of these routes are on the south face of Crystal Wall; they are, from left (first encountered) to right -

County Line
Ballet of the Bulge

These routes are all enjoyable and climb solid rock. Britney's Spear presents more of an adventure, involving a scramble-y, low 5th class approach to bolted anchors and an ambitious line up the side of the prominent pillar rising from the mostly broken gully. She's A Daisy lies, technically, uphill from the alcove, and rounds out Crystal Wall's offering of moderate sport climbs.

Getting There 

Follow the main trail to the southwest corner of the North Face and continue up scree, passing Duke's Wall, and turning left into a gully with a clean wall on the left. This south-facing wall is the focal point of the Alcove.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Southwest Alcove

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southwest Alcove:
County Line   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Inyerbuttkwa   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Ballet of the Bulge   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Britney's Spear   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Peter J. destroying the crux.

Ballet of the Bulge 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : Southwest Alcove
Start off with the big reach on small but good crimps. More of the same as you get higher. Crux comes about half way up off of very small foot holds on slabby crimpers. Be aware, there is a small chockstone a little past midway that is unavoidable (as far as I can tell) for both hand and foot holds. It seems secure but messes with your head....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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