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Andy Kaufman Crack 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 105'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: John Burcham & John Mattson
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Submitted By: Will Cobb on Apr 19, 2006

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Description 

Start up slab with finger crack and enter corner system. Thin hands to hands to fist to an ow pod. From the ow pod climb steep hands to the two bolt rap anchor. This route saves the crux for the last 25'.


Location 

From the Mace approach, follow the spur trail around the north side of North Mesa. Continue around to the West face of this formation. Andy Kaufman is actually located on a sub-tower off the Northwest corner of North Mesa. Find the obvious chimney that marks The Hurricane. From The Hurricane base hike up and left looking for a pillar of rock that has split from the Northwest tower. Andy Kaufman climbs the left facing corner behind this pillar.


Protection 

1 x 0 Purple TCU (Metolius)/Blue Alien
2 x 1 Blue TCU/Green Alien
1 x 2 Yelloe TCU/Yellow Alien
2 x .5 Camalot (Old Sizes)
1 x .75 Camalot
3 x 1 Camalot
3 x 2 Camalot
2 x 3 Camalot
1 x 3.5 Camalot
1 x 4 Camalot
1 x 4.5 Camalot Optional
Medium to Large Stoppers
Slings and Draws



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Arjun facing the wrong way through the crux bulge on Andy Kaufman Crack
Arjun facing the wrong way through the crux bulge ...
Arjun leading through the crux the right way around! (photo by DAS)
Arjun leading through the crux the right way aroun...
The entire route: Steve getting that key right foot up to clear the second bulge.
The entire route: Steve getting that key right foo...
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By Mike
From: Phoenix
Jul 9, 2009
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

This one is lots of fun. the start is a bit thin & sketch, but good pro & holds appear soon. The crux bulge up high is easier than it looks.

By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Mar 22, 2010
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Way fun, especially getting from the OW pod to the anchors!

By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
May 28, 2012
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Indeed! Especially when you go into the crux the right way around. This also makes it clear that the better climbing is on the harder grades -- gorgeous splitter crack, little of the horribly sketchy sandy stuff found on some easier routes.