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Cracked Canyon

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Air Arete TR 
Algebra T 
Attica T 
Bat Splat T 
Cello T 
Chewbacca T 
Come On Sun T 
Crack of Mind T 
Dog Leg T 
Easy Money T 
Exodus T 
Free Box T 
Froggy Bottoms T 
Icy Fingers T 
Javelin T 
Lago T 
Margin T 
Orange Peel T 
Othello T 
Pirouette T 
Reptilicus (The Crock) T 
Roller Skates T 
Round The Corner T 
Salvation T 
Summertime T 
Superfresh T 
Thor T 
Tick Fever T,S 
Tobacco Road T 
Where Eagles Dare T 
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Cracked Canyon  

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Submitted By: Guy H. on Nov 27, 2005
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Cracked Canyon is the place to go for a high concentration of quality routes. There is a good selection of routes in the 5.6 to 5.11 range. Out of the 80 routes in the canyon, there are classic routes at every grade. Pirouette 5.7, Chewbacca 5.8, Summertime 5.9+, Orange Peel 5.10, Javelin 5.11... Most of the routes are around 80ft long. Pick up a copy of Telluride Rocks at a local climbing shop for route descriptions and maps.

Getting There 

Park 100 yards past the Post Office and find a climbers trail that leads to the talus. Follow the talus up the steep slope towards the obvious canyon to the right of the main wall. Be careful on the loose rock in the canyon, it is probably best to leave Spot at home.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

30 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cracked Canyon:
Easy Money   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Pirouette   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Dog Leg   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Chewbacca   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Crack of Mind   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Attica   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Summertime   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Orange Peel   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Free Box   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Air Arete   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X     TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Javelin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Cello   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Tick Fever   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Where Eagles Dare   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Cracked Canyon
The route's overhanging crux...

Cello 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Telluride/Norwood area : ... : Cracked Canyon
This route shares the bolt anchors with the Javelin, 5.11a, which is a beautiful splitter hand crack in an overhanging wall. Cello follows a left-facing corner system to the left of the Javelin, which is about 75 feet from the mouth of canyon on the left wall.The crux start is quite overhanging, and is climbed with a mixture of sidepulls, underclings, and jams. Fiddling in good gear at the start is tough, so get an idea of the pieces you will need before you start out....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Ophir Wall and Cracked Canyon on the right in the ...
Ophir Wall and Cracked Canyon on the right in the ...
West side of southen end of Cracked Canyon.
BETA PHOTO: West side of southen end of Cracked Canyon.
The wrong way to spend your time in Cracked Canyon...
The wrong way to spend your time in Cracked Canyon...
Emily rappelling at Crack Canyon, 9-2009.
Emily rappelling at Crack Canyon, 9-2009.
Wishing for a breeze in the C.C.!
Wishing for a breeze in the C.C.!

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By Victor McConnell
Oct 20, 2007
One of Colorado's hidden gems for sure - both the Ophir Wall and Cracked Canyon....
By JoshOrin
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 12, 2010
There has been significant rock-fall relatively recently where It Gets Harder, Johnny Be Good, Power Lounger, and Susan's Arete are/used to be. A 30' column has exfoliated from the wall negating some or all of the above routes. The rock-fall appears to have happened within the past few years as there is still dead brush among the debris. I noticed this yesterday while approaching Superfresh during my first visit to the area. This event is very concerning since it would have proven fatal for anyone in the area while the rock fall occurred. Please be aware of this when in the area as part of the column still stands and could be unstable, especially the freeze/thaw months.
By S.Mckinna
From: Durango, CO
May 19, 2014
There have been terrible accidents in cracked canyon involving rockfall. One of which severed a lady's leg above the knee! Be very cautious of people above you (and below) in the canyon and on the rim of the canyon. It would be an absolute nightmare to try to evacuate a person to the road below. Climb safely in this amazing place.
By susanmol
Aug 4, 2014
CAUTION: Dangerous rockfall from above occurred directly across from Pirouette on 8/3/14 at approx. 1pm, unknown cause. Long winter, wet weather, fatter than usual chipmunks, who knows. Small to engine-size blocks shot off the cliff wall hitting the gully and opposite side for 10 seconds. Thankfully no one was hurt. Either a direct hit or rock shrapnel sliced through 70% of a rope hanging on Algebra.
Rope cut by rockfall.
Rope cut by rockfall.
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