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Cherry Crack 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 140'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Dave Strickly, Tim Forsell, Keith Egerton - June 1979
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Submitted By: EricD on Jan 31, 2006
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A prominent crack in the large face to the right of Tales of Flails, Scarlet Begonias, and Fails of Power. It begins at a tree and climbs the left-leaning crack to a vertical crack.

Many simply climb the first pitch (5.9).


A selection of TCUs for the start (#2 - #4), a few #2 cams and a couple #.75 cams. This will get you to the first set of anchors. Following beyond this requires larger pro (#3 & #4 cams) to get up the large crack and offwidth pod (a #6 could be handy as well).

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The two star drives pulled and replaced on the second pitch of Cherry Crack. 2/13/2011
BETA PHOTO: The two star drives pulled and replaced on the sec...
Marc past the blocky lower part and starting to jam the sweet upper crack on the first pitch. The bottom is a little awkward, but there are plenty of rests, although the gear is a little tricky.
Marc past the blocky lower part and starting to ja...
Cherry Crack...start at the tree, head up and left to the obvious crack
BETA PHOTO: Cherry Crack...start at the tree, head up and left...
brad running out the sweet sweet hands
brad running out the sweet sweet hands
Two star drives pulled and replaced on the second pitch of Cherry Crack. 2/13/2011
BETA PHOTO: Two star drives pulled and replaced on the second ...
dave cruising cherry crack
dave cruising cherry crack
Photo by Dow Williams
Photo by Dow Williams
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By Bekky
From: Yosemite, CA
Jan 31, 2006

This is a wonderful climb!! The Crux is the traverse below the perfect hands section. Definately a single pitch must do in Zion! Very similar to Indian Creek splitters. You will love it!

By Klimbien
May 5, 2009

...the second pitch is harder than "Dihedral". You get some bomber gear right off the belay, then you loose the crack and their are sections that are run out b/c there is no crack - it gets flared and shallow. I was able to lead out on tipped out #5 wild country. So I had the gear but not the will or huevos big enough for the route and I backed off this pitch....twice now. In talking with the one person I do know who got up to the anchors, he said that where I was (15 ft up from the belay)....isn't the crux and that it gets harder towards the top about 10 feet or so before the anchor.

By Gaar
From: Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
May 6, 2009

for the second half...its easier to do it as one long pitch, you will need two #3, two #3.5, three #4, and two #4.5 camolots...There are plenty of places to place a number 5 (#6 c4) but not needed.

take spare webbing for the few people do the upper half it is pretty mank.

By Jared R
Mar 1, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

My first splitter lead and it was pretty fun. We only did the first pitch. I agree that the crux is on the traverse below the hands section. I have larger hands and it was still good jamming. Enjoy!

By D Snyder
From: Virgin, Utah
Feb 14, 2011

As of 2/13/2011 the anchor at the top of the second pitch has been replaced with two rap hangers.

By Ryan Hill
From: Cedar City, UT
Jan 6, 2012

Went to the second set of anchors yesterday, very cool offwidth climbing and much longer than it looked from the ground.

Gear wise the guide book I had and the information here seems a bit misleading. I brought up three BD#3, three BD#4, and one BD#5. The #3s were useless for the majority of the route. I placed one right off the bat and then it was #4 and #5 the whole way up. Shuffled lots of cams up. If I was to do it again four or five #4s would be useful, as would a second or third #5. Last 15-20 feet ease up, but the rest is solid 5.10.

Two ropes to rappel the whole thing or one rope with two rappels.

If you have the gear I highly recommend it. And thanks to the folks who replaced the top anchors, it was nice to rap off of something solid.

By Klimbien
Jul 8, 2012

@Ryan Hill - Thanks for the update and more clear beta. Awesome job...maybe 3rd time will be a charm.