Doug plugging cams on American Beauty Crack, OldSS...
The American Beauty Crack can be found just to the right of the Pacific Ocean Wall and Seven Seas. The crack sits on the inside of a 35-foot slightly overhanging right angle dihedral and is perfect for practicing your lieback moves or handjamming. The crux is at the slight overhang about halfway up the route.
Standard Rack for leading. For top-rope bring long slings.
Layback may work on this beauty, but become a doubtful strategy when leading it. Tape your hand well if you get a small hand like I do, for on the half way up the wide crack fist-jamming become necessary.
Jan 7th 2012 and I got to lead this!! How awesome is a 40-deg dry day in January at Devil's Lake??? My rack only has up to #2 cam, luckily I had a partner with a #3 and #4, I used them both and still wish I had one more of each or maybe I should have just taken my really large hexes, either way, awesome climb!!