Crime Of The Century
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Crime of the Century. Photo by Ron Long
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This is a legendary Squamish finger crack that starts just left of Penny Lane.
Start with a few boulder moves off the ground, this leads to a great finger crack above.
Small finger size gear and nuts.
Nearing the switching cracks crux on Crime of the ...
Crime of the Century. Photo of Connor Reynolds by...
Dave P. on a fine spring day
BETA PHOTO: Think you can fit your fingers in there?
Kate Eisen on Crime of the Century
Crime of the Century
|Comments on Crime Of The Century
|By Jay Knower|
From: Plymouth, NH
Feb 26, 2007
What a great cack. I thought this climb was much harder than it looked. Intense jamming all the way with excellent gear. This is the finger crack against which all other finger cracks should be judged.
|By Michael Sokoloff|
From: Spokane, WA
Jun 24, 2007
Those are some high accolades Jay. I always thought of Butterballs and Equinox like that. I'll have to get out there and see for myself. My wife and I will be in Whistler in September.
|By John Wilder|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jul 2, 2007
spectacular- doesnt let up for a minute! great route- need to get back and lead it before we leave!
|By chuck claude|
From: Flagstaff, Az
Jul 14, 2009
fun route with good gear. I wouldn't go a route which all finger cracks are judged against. First time I did it in 2001 my pinkie went numb from the first move.
I've done it several times since and I have to say for as low of an angle , it probably does deserve the 5.11b/c since the feet are slimy and the finger locks while positive , are really positive (ie: as said before, my fingers protest). Gear is great and is a good route to push your limit on.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jul 14, 2009
I have thin fingers and all, but I still thought it was shallow and flaring at the hardest moves. Definately more insecure than hard. I think of hard finger cracks as being biting and hard more than just too insecure to get purchase in... then again, perhaps better shade or cooler weather would have helped.
The crux was switching from left side to right in my case. or rather, not having noticed that I should have until too late...
Jul 14, 2009
yeah, i remember the crack switch being the crux, hot temps making it feel a bit slippery, and 12 straight days of finger cracks making my pinkies and index fingers protest.
Mar 4, 2010
Did this back a few years ago. Memorable indeed. Had my first fall on my first bit of gear. Thank you TCU's you saved my life :)
Small gear and stoppers, good stuff.
Apr 8, 2011
Absolutely awesome finger crack. This and Clean Crack were a couple of the best short climbs I did there!
|By Matt Hoffmann|
Sep 10, 2012
Flashed this one yesterday after years of walking by it and thinking "some day". Getting from the first finger lock to the second was the hardest part for me (ie. getting off the ground :P). After that it felt like it was all there with the only real struggle being the last one or two moves.
Beautiful line with every hold being just what you need.