Crater Maker (aka Dark Side of the Moon)
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Julie at the crux of Crater Maker
This is the first route left of The Trough, and climbs sporty face past two bolts to a 3 bolt belay below Cheap Thrills; as an alternative you can cut left at the top and belay at the base of Mad Dogs.
The climbing isn't bad but this isn't a good choice for the 5.7 leader. It's more often used as an approach pitch to the more difficult pitches above.
2 bolts, bolted anchor/rap
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|By Bill Olszewski|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 30, 2007
rating: 5.7 R
Indeed a very heady lead for a 5.7 climber. Best to move left above the second bolt where the angle softens temporarily and clip the last bolt on Wedunett. I led it that way several times before leading it "proud line." When you're a little more than half-way between the last bolt and the anchor, facing a dicey move, you'll appreciate the name of this route.
|By Matt Marino|
From: Georgetown, MA
May 10, 2010
Did this route this weekend and I think the 5.7 rating is negotiable now.There is one move a little up from the first bolt where a fairly easy foothold has broken off. It went from a 3/4 inch mini ledge to a dime hold. Overall a fun climb.
|By Rob Selter|
From: running springs Ca
Apr 16, 2012
Ya, I agree it's like doing a bolted route at Josh.