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Just left of the Great Escape (two routes left of Morning Stretch) is Crystal. I like Crystal better than Great Escape, just because it climbs out into the middle of the big blankish looking face, and it is more aesthetic. Great Escape hugs a little closer to the dihedral and doesn't look quite as nice. However, both routes climb very similarly, with thin moves on bullet-hard compact limestone.
|By Mike Anderson|
From: Dayton, OH
Mar 21, 2005
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c
I think this is a really great route. The start is a bit chossy (what Shelf route isn't?), but then the rock becomes stellar. The moves are continuous, and there are some really nice pockets and edges. This is a great warmup for harder stuff, or a good project for those at their limit.
|By Zane Dordai|
Sep 2, 2013
This climb became my favorite warmup for the harder 12s due to its consistent nature on all decent holds. Nothing too sharp either. Last I remember the bolts were angle iron and a little sketchy (had a friend take some big whips on them one time though, so they seem to be okay), but everything else about this climb is sweet.