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Bat Crack 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Jan 1, 2001

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Description 

A fascinating climb on the right side of Batman Rock. The long approach suggests that one ought to do other routes as well. Hike around Checkerboard Rock, then scramble up to the Base of Batman Rock. Go east, through a chimney, and look for where the long roof band is broken by a prominent notch, forming a short, overhanging right-facing corner about 150 feet up.

The route begins down and right of the notch, below a dead end crack that does not reach the ground (not to be confused with another crack to the right which harbors a tree). The first pitch is stimulating for the grade.

P1-climb up into the crack, climb it, and make a delicate ascending traverse left when it ends (5.8 with intermittent pro), to a belay directly under the notch. ~140 feet.

P2-turn the roof, exciting 5.9 with excellent protection, and continue more easily to the top of the Dome. ~140 ft.


Protection 

Standard rack.



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George at the uncomfortable belay, with the crux roof overhead.
George at the uncomfortable belay, with the crux r...
Leading the first pitch of Bat Crack.
Leading the first pitch of Bat Crack.
Scott cranking the roof.
Scott cranking the roof.
Moving left at the first crux.  You can go straight up here but it is more runout that way.  Searching for pro keeps the runouts 25 ft or less.  Good green or blue Alien out to the right just before the end of P1 avoids the above mentioned 35 ft runout.  Save a yellow Alien/TCU & 0.75 Camalot for P2's crux.  Oh yeah, rack on your L side for P2 so you don't do the Walrus move!  No RPs required for either pitch.
Moving left at the first crux. You can go straigh...
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By Kurt Johnson
From: Estes Park, CO
Dec 18, 2001
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R

On the first pitch, after you leave the crack and start angling left, your protection options quickly dwindle. Although the guidebook calls the climbing here 5.6, the last move before stuffing your hand into the bomber horizontal roof crack is pure friction and felt a bit sketchy 35 feet above my last good piece (and 30 feet above my last piece). The roof above is pure fun, with perfect protection right where you want it. After this, however, the climbing is easy and uninteresting, typical of most Batman Rock topouts.

By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Jan 7, 2002

I followed a friend up the first pitch. He angled up to the right after the crack dies out. There was decent pro for a while, but he ended up having to due a 20-25 foot traverse to the left, right below the roof (5.6s). His last few pieces were RPs. I very gripping (sic) off route variation.

By Luke Clarke
From: Golden
Sep 8, 2002

The approach is easier than described here if you follow the main trail to a wooden sign that points to Checkerboard and Batman Pinnacle to the left. Someone has carved Batman with an arrow pointing to the right. Take the trail to the right for a steep but more direct line to Batman Rock.

By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 22, 2002

The first pitch is definitely a bit spicy and an exercise in route finding. I followed the line in Rossiter's topo fairly closely. The belay under the roof is uncomfortable as there is no decent ledge. The roof on the second pitch is great fun, well protected and quite different from the first pitch. Not that the first pitch isn't fun, it just requires a lot more thinking.

By Scott Conner
From: Lyons, CO
Sep 23, 2002

The first pitch is indeed spicy and a more serious lead than the second (crux) pitch. The crux roof protects very well and is stellar but is over too quickly.

By Kevin Currigan
From: Lakewood
May 23, 2005

Followed the 1st pitch yesterday. It deserves an "S".

By nolteboy
Sep 19, 2005

With judicious use of long runners and a 60m line, one can, from the ground, climb thru the roof to belay at a relatively comfortable stance about 35 feet above the roof (small gear).

By Caelan
From: Dysfunctional, CO
Jun 19, 2006

Good route. The runout section begins just left of a mini-roof that is above and to the right of the major crack at the beginning of the climb. The climbing is definitely easier and superb through this section, though, so don't skip this climb! There were only 2 places for pro after the roof (use double length runners @ the mini-roof to avoid drag!!). A blue & yellow Alien are recommended for the left-ascending traverse/runout placements. Also, mid-sized hexes (WC 4, 5 and 6) worked *very well* in the lower section. The pro is tricky throughout P1, but I didn't find it any harder than 7+. Also, I would recommend linking P1 and P2 w/ a 60m (bring several long runners for the roof) to speed things up so you can climb other routes here!

By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 20, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The belay looked awkward and uncomfortable- there was no good stance, sooo....

With a 70M rope, this is a single pitch to the belay tree, provided you place slings to minimize drag (take a lot of 2' and a few 3' slings). The crux is "wow" but short. 2-star route with a ++ for the cool roof move, but really fell short of my expectations for the write-ups in the books; I expected a classic.