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

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