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Cat Crack 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Stephen Arsenault & Sam Streibert
Season: Good in cold weather
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Submitted By: Jim O'Brien on Dec 24, 2007

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Description 

Start is loose blocks to a great hand / fist crack to the top. Sustained climbing to the crux near the top where the crack thins to fingers. Wonderful crack climbing- tape is reccomended.

Location 

Cat Crack is the right dominate crack going up the Amphitheatre face. Once on top rap off of trees...

Protection 

Great pro to 3"; Natural anchors (trees) at the top-


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Doug S., totally pysched to be climbing the best jam crack in CT.
Doug S., totally pysched to be climbing the best j...
Doug leaving the looseness after the stem start on Cat Crack.
Doug leaving the looseness after the stem start on...

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By MJMobes
From: The land of steady habits
Jan 20, 2008

I'll be bringing a #5 camelot just 'cause
By Tuxebo
From: Middletown, RI
Sep 1, 2008

This climb was very sustained and the closest thing to the Creek I have climbed in CT. Quite possibly the best crack in CT, actual jamming and not face climbing. Awesome.
By jackkelly00
May 28, 2010

Great climb and very sustained. A few seperate cruxes but hardest part is tight hands. Takes good gear. 1st pro is 15 feet off the ground (easy moves on bad rock) so be careful. Hard .10
By Kevin Johnson
Dec 12, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

The best hand crack line in CT, with actual hand jamming through the crux of the route. This climb is a must for any CT crack lover.
By Kalil Oldham
From: Brooklyn, NY
Nov 28, 2011

I agree with Kevin - it's great to have a sustained crack climb in CT that requires good technique. That said, I got worked. It's got few rests.
By stephen arsenault
Apr 29, 2013

Having done the 1st ascent of this route, with Sam Streibert, I went back last year to repeat it, but it was soaking wet. We didn't have cams BITD, and it must be easier with modern gear and sticky rubber.

I plan to get back on this soon
By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Apr 29, 2013

Thanks for posting Stephen! Have someone take some photos of your ascent if you can - it would be great see them on the site!!
By WiseOldMoon
From: West Hartford, Connecticut
Nov 26, 2013

On 11/25/13 the large chockstone at the begininng of the offwidth section came loose. The difficulty has increased marginally. Extra care should be taken in the rotten rock section. A large smearing left-foothold is questionable in the same section as well.