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The Southwest Alcove is something of a catch-all name for the routes not on the North or West Faces of Crystal Wall. Three of these routes are on the south face of Crystal Wall; they are, from left (first encountered) to right -
Follow the main trail to the southwest corner of the North Face and continue up scree, passing Duke's Wall, and turning left into a gully with a clean wall on the left. This south-facing wall is the focal point of the Alcove.
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County Line 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Inyerbuttkwa 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Ballet of the Bulge 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
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Ballet of the Bulge 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CO : Fort Collins : ... : Southwest Alcove
Start off with the big reach on small but good crimps. More of the same as you get higher. Crux comes about half way up off of very small foot holds on slabby crimpers. Be aware, there is a small chockstone a little past midway that is unavoidable (as far as I can tell) for both hand and foot holds. It seems secure but messes with your head....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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