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Finger Crack 

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

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: EricD on Feb 1, 2008

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The Fortress Finger Crack (5.6)trad Crowders Mou...

Description 

Starts on some juggy holds, leads to a right-veering crack which leads to some more big holds to the top. Fun route with some moves that require a bit of problem-solving.

Location 

This route shares a start with Fortress Fingers, but uses the crack and larger holds rather than the face. Once past the crack at the bottom, it's pretty direct to the top.

Protection 

Top-rope from anchors. Small and medium gear if leading. Bolts for anchors.


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Leading Finger Crack
Leading Finger Crack
Leading Finger Crack a few years ago.  I thought this was 5.6 per the old Kelley guidebook.
Leading Finger Crack a few years ago. I thought t...
My brother top-roping Finger Crack
My brother top-roping Finger Crack
fun at the top
fun at the top
Sister-in-law with wife belaying on Finger Crack
Sister-in-law with wife belaying on Finger Crack
The Fortress <br /> <br />Finger Crack(5.6)trad <br /> <br />Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina
The Fortress Finger Crack(5.6)trad Crowders Moun...
Wife on Finger Crack
Wife on Finger Crack
Phillip climbing finger crack.
Phillip climbing finger crack.
The Fortress <br /> <br />Matthew Stephens(13) 'pinkpoints'  <br />Finger Crack (5.6) trad <br /> <br />Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina
The Fortress Matthew Stephens(13) 'pinkpoints' F...
Good wall for those hot days
Good wall for those hot days

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By Brandon H - SC
From: Jackson SC
Aug 28, 2012

fun route but i don't believe its fair to call it 5.8 probably 5.7- ish. I think the NC book gives it 5.6 rating
By Bennett Mccoy
Jun 27, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

vary fun route had a good time
By Mike Marsh
From: Columbia
Sep 27, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This one is instructive to the newbie. Exiting the chimney/alcove at the bottom there is a great hand jam that makes the swing out right onto the face easier (they typically want to grab the crack). Also, once on the face you can toe in and stand there with basically no hands as it's not quite vertical (use those feet).