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Balaam S 
Bananarête  S 
Better than Watching TV (previously submitted as Fantastic Voyage) S 
BlackWave S 
Clean-Up on Aisle 9 S 
Crystal Method T 
Down on the Pharm S 
Dr. Food S 
Fantastic Planet S 
Farenheit 5.11 S 
Gates of Crystal S 
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O-Face, The S 
Orange Crimpsicle S 
Saline Lock S 
Silver Girl S 
Thursday Afternoon Hooky T 
Tool Man S 
Tour de Poudre S 
Unknown West Crack T 
Unknown/(Bolt Dependence?) S 


YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Paul Heyliger & John Durkin
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: FCJohn on Jul 20, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: From the bottom of the route.


While currently a bit “licheny”, this route will eventually clean-up very nicely, and we suspect will be one of the finer and more traveled 9s at Crystal Wall. Fun and steep climbing through some long, juggy pulls leads to a few moves of 9+ technical crux before the chains. This is a three star route for the wall.

  • There is currently a flake between bolts 2 & 3 which may or may not need to be pitched at a later date. It's "X-ed", but use good judgment if you decide to yard on it.


The route is currently at the far left of the North Face and takes the flake system to the yellow arete right of Orange Crimpsicle up the prominent and steep, yellow/orange arête.


9 camo'd bolts to chains.

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By thomas.w
From: Denver, CO
Jul 24, 2011

A must do. Heads up: Pack a helmet for the belayer (caught 3 fist sized rocks last time) and a brush for the lichen and dirt. Will be one of the better routes out there.
By Art Vandelay
From: Fort Collins, Colorado
Jun 7, 2012

Excellent route. Still a little dirty, but it will only get better as it sees more traffic.
By Parker Wrozek
Jul 26, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This is a really good one. Fight the pump, and push to the finish. Fun climbing the entire way.

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