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Cadaver Crack 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ British: E3 5c [details]
FA: FFA: C. Reveley and D. O'Mella, 1973
Season: Faces South/Southwest
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Submitted By: Tony B on May 2, 2012
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Description 

This is a short climb with lots of action packed into it, including some tough jamming and insecure feet. It is consistently harder than it appears, and folks with smaller hands will do best in this climb.
Jam up the initial slightly steep section to a flare below the bulge (5.10a). Clip fixed gear to the right and pull right into the second crack (5.10). Continue up the second crack (5.11a) and a few face holds to the next ledge, wondering how you could have ended up so pumped in just a few feet of climbing.

Back up the fixed rap with gear to belay your partner.

Finish on Cussin' Crack to the top, or rap off with a 70m to the ground below (a 60m might work too, but I did not verify.)


Location 

This climb is out and a few meters left of the belay atop of P1 of Cussin' Crack. Climb that route and traverse a few extra feet left on the ledge and belay from med-to-large nuts and med-to-small cams. The route climbs the obvious thin hands crack that goes up a few meters to a bulge, right, and then up a thin crack (crux, fixed nut and 1.75" cam) to the next ledge with a fixed rap (back it up to belay).


Protection 

Protection from 1.5-3". A set of thin-hands cams and a few large nuts would more than suffice. The crux currently holds an excellent fixed stopper and will take an off-hands (thin) cam.



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