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Christian Rock 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Gary Hicks and companion, 1977
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Submitted By: Bill Lawry on Sep 6, 2008

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Paige W belaying Eric G. Camera courtesy of Howar...


The old Loucks Guide refers to this route as "Christian Crack". But according to Gary Hicks (thank you), the name is "Christian Rock"

Start from the top of Flail Out or the top of the 1st pitch of Gemstone. Follow a left facing dihedral to where it's crack pinches down (crux) just below a large chockstone. Work up past the chockstone to bolted anchors shared with Gemstone route.

Double rope rap with 60 meter ropes gets you to the ground. Two raps with a single 60 meter rope works well when using a huge intermdiate horn right at the tail end of the rope strands. The horn is slung with a loop of rope inside dull-green tubular webbing.

The rating of 5.6 comes from Barry and Rita Loucks' guide. I felt like the crux was more like 5.7, albeit only a couple moves.


Christian Rock is in a left facing dihedral just west (right) of the 2nd pitch of Gemstone. See a marked-up version of a photo from Monomaniac on the Gemstone West page.


Standard rack.

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By Gary Lee Hicks
Jun 7, 2015

To Whom it may concern,,,

"Christian Crack" was first done by me and a Christian friend of mine approx the same time Bob Dylan came out w his album, "SLOW TRAIN COMING",,, so I would hope that I would know the Original name to this climb is CHRISTIAN ROCK .
I have since free soloed it approx a dozen times and can state it is at least 5.7 .

PEACE and LOVE to ALL,,, from the "WolfMan", Gary Hicks
By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Jun 8, 2015

Very glad to hear some of the history, Gary Hicks. You are of course more than welcome to comment on the history to others of your climbs here. I've often wondered some about them. Cheers!

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