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The Northwest Slab of Greyrock offers climbing similar to that on the South and Southeast faces, but with a much more adventurous feel, since you won't be visible to hikers on the Summit Trail. A bit more of a trek than the aforementioned areas, the Northwest Slab is definitely worth a visit to climbers of any level, whose Greyrock experience won't be complete without a trip up the stellar Sky Crack. This area catches awesome afternoon sunlight, and on a cool spring evening, chasing the sun from the The South Slabs to the Northwest Slabs would make for a full, enjoyable, and scenic day. Watching the sunset from Cow Pie Ledge is an excellent reminder of why one bothers gearing up and making the hike all the way out to Greyrock to bust out some pitches.
Begin approaching the Northwest Face of Greyrock as for the The South Slabs, but continue past, heading for a rocky ridge that defines the skyline north of the South Slabs. Several "passes" will be evident along this ridge - aim for the arch along the ridge, and follow a rocky passage through the middle of the ridge at a cairn. More cairns mark the way north, and a final, larger cairn is in place on a boulder near the base of Sky Crack.
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Sky Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 230'
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Cows are People Too 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 CO : Fort Collins : ... : Northwest Slabs
What a fun route! Scramble up the sweet, right-facing corner (5.6) to the "Ribeye Flake" belay. Climb up right on moderate ground to an obvious seam - continue up on beautiful, water-polished rock. Clip the route's lone bolt (I'm not sure if this bolt was added after the FA by the infamous "Greyrock Retrobolter", or if it was placed by the FA Team - certainly possible considering where the bolt is located and the general look of it - when compared to the shiny new bolts that abound on the surrou...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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