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Fern Crack 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Crossing on Jul 23, 2010
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Description 

Jam the fist sized crack to a stance, then jam/layback the corner/crack above to a bulge, pull the bulge and squeeze through a small chimney.


Protection 

Cams to #4 Black Diamond



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By Jake Jones
From: The Eastern Flatlands
Apr 2, 2012

Do NOT place pro in the thin crack at the bulge 3/4 of the way up. The thin 1"-2" flake that resides in this crack will likely break or at the very least not hold pro in the event of a fall. Very hollow and loose. You could run it out- the bulge is the best part of the route, but if your piece pulls, the fall won't be entirely clean.

A better option is to place a #5 if you have it under the bulge to the right and follow the juggy traverse to a ledge- although this probably knocks this one down to a 5.6 if you choose this way. From the ledge, place a stopper under the lip of the layback dihedral and pull fun moves all the way to the belay. The escape is very loose, but easy. Squeeze chimney to finish and walk off. Fun route.