5.8 Crack Climb
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1. Climb the first pitch of Loose Goose
to a small ledge below a large crack. 5.6
2. Climb the crack above (you can't miss it) through two bulges (crux) to a stance. From there, it makes the most sense to traverse right about 30 feet to a pine tree and make one rappel (60 meter rope) back down as the climbing above the stance is neither hard nor interesting.
This can be done in one pitch.
Go left past Birdland
for about 50 or 60 yards until the trail rises slightly and then levels off. You should be below a large amphitheater. Keep walking, down a little, then back up steeply for a short bit, until you come to a flat part of the trail with a pounded out area; this is perhaps 50 or 60 yards from the amphitheater. Your can orient yourself using the obvious start of Up Yours
- Loose Goose starts just to the left - and you can see the crux crack about 100 feet up.
Standard 'Gunks rack plus a # 3 Camalot or its equivalent.
Dec 31, 2013
NB: In the newest guide, Dick describes a different P1 for this route, starting 25' left of Loose Goose's P1. He says: climb crack (5.6, crux) and short slab to ledge, then up slab (5.4 R/X) a bit left of center, then head up and right to join Loose Goose at the ledge below the business (60').
From: Wayne, PA
Apr 22, 2014
We did the 5.8 variation to Loose Goose. The crack was juggy, fun and ultimately committing. Need to go back and do it again. Lots of fun, well protected.