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Crack of Dust 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Eric Beck, 1964
Season: any
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Submitted By: mschlocker on Apr 2, 2006

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Leading up Crack of Dust, Mission Gorge.

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Thin flaring crack to the right of Mariah / Suzie's Wild Ride. Crux is pulling over the top with dirt for handholds. Feet can come out of the crack toward the top to smear. Bolt anchor at the top, but far back so extend it with your climbing rope. More climbs start from the top-out ledge.


To the right of Mariah / Suzie's Wild Ride by about 50 feet.


Med-large nuts, #2 & .75 camalot is what I use. Save a .75 camalot w/ extension runner for the top.

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great route to access upper main wall climbs
great route to access upper main wall climbs
Good photo of Crack of Dusk (5.8)
BETA PHOTO: Good photo of Crack of Dusk (5.8)
Malia on the Crack Of Dust
BETA PHOTO: Malia on the Crack Of Dust

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By david baker
From: jamul, ca
Apr 5, 2006

When you get to the base of the main wall go left for 150 feet. You will see the obvious crack to the left of the Owl. The finish on this climb is slick as only Mission Gorge can be. Place an red alien near top of crack for finish. Climb is short and very protectable however, there is a ledge about a third of the way up that you could easily hit if you fall.
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 27, 2008

Real sweet climb. One o' these days I'll have to lead the durn thing.
By Kyle Wills
From: San Diego CA
May 28, 2011

I agree the dirty finish is the best part.
By Raquel ROCKY Robles
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 17, 2011

Nice short fun crack climb. Yep it is dirty up top. Remember to wear helmet on this particular route as there are so many loose rocks up on the ledge of the route.
By ChrisRoyHarman
From: San Diego
Sep 11, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

You can use 3-4 cams on this route; BD C4 .4 .5 .75 & #1. The top of the route is extremely dirty with loose rocks, wear a helmet for this route.
By claudio ricardez
May 21, 2012

I hit that ledge and luckily only sprained my ankle. Make sure you use correct length runners above the ledge. I should have used a shorter runner to avoid this mishap.
By ChaseLeoncini
From: San Diego, California
Sep 21, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Warning: the 3 bolt anchor on the wall atop this route (or at the start of 'Never Intended') has two fixed carabiners that have attained severe rope damage due to lowering off of them. Use caution when deciding to use these or replace.
By Ryan N
From: Bellingham, WA
Oct 13, 2012

Crack I'd definetly dusty/dirty. Watch the move as you pull out of the crack to the false topout. Great climb though and worth the mouthful of dirt.
By sdrockstar81
From: el cajon, CA
Oct 28, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Good climbing... Tie into the quack of ducks for additional crack climbing.
By lifeblack
Jun 20, 2014

Don't forget to have a helmet when you're pulling the rope, due to loose rocks/dirt up top

The fixed carabiners mentioned by ChaseLeoncini in 2012 have apparently been refreshed - it's now one rap ring, one chain, and one fixed biner, all in good condition.
By J--
Dec 19, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13

I couldnít believe that I couldnít finish my lead up this crack!!! Maybe because it had just rained and the route was a little slimy (yes this is an excuse); I got almost to the top, slipped, and sprained my ankle. My vote is that this route is 5.10a, unless Iím missing some un-obvious yet bomber foot placement that makes this climb a 5.8. Anyone else think itís harder than 5.8?
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