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Crystal Highway 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b PG13

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 340'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Deb Thompson and L. Paik
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Aug 11, 2012

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This is a climb that is far better featured than it appears from a distance, thus significantly reducing its difficulty. There is some really nice, low-end to moderate climbing that makes this fun. In some places it reminds you of some of the better rock in Big Thompson Canyon, like Jug Dome, or a fresher Combat Rock.

P1. Start in a left-facing offwidth (crux) with limited pro. Aim for a crack above. Connect this to the obvious, big, right-facing dihedral that protects with far smaller pro than you might guess. Cruise up on fun quartz crystals to the top of the dihedral. 5.6 PG-13, 110'.

P2. Angle up and right, connecting various features on far-easier-than-it-looks terrain with great knobs. Continue up to a near-horizontal section to the base of the top block of the crag under an appealing offwidth, 170', 5.4 PG-13.

P3. Move up into the offwidth. There is a block that appears more hazardous than it is. Move up using face features around the crack. Pass a cool handle feature of rock to the bathtub belay on top. 5.7, 60'.

To descend, move east and down to a stance with a sling around a horn with a biner. Rappel 30'. Walkoff to the north and down the backside of the Second Pew. There is once exposed section to down-scramble.


This basically climbs the right side of the nose-like feature on the left side of this rock.


A single rack up to a #3.5 Camalot.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Deb on P3.
Deb on P3.
Rock Climbing Photo: Deb moves into the crack below the right-facing di...
Deb moves into the crack below the right-facing di...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down P2.
Looking down P2.
Rock Climbing Photo: The crystals of the highway on P1.
The crystals of the highway on P1.
Rock Climbing Photo: Interesting feature near the P1 belay.
Interesting feature near the P1 belay.

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