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Grizzly Crack 

Grizzly Crack 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b C1 PG13

   
Type:  Trad, Aid, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b C1 [details]
FA: Lianna Winkler-Prins & Ian Pierce 9/1/12
New Route: Yes
Season: Summer/Fall
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Submitted By: Ian Pierce on Sep 3, 2012
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BETA PHOTO: detail of pitch 3

Description 

From the base of the Grizzly Lake scramble, follow the right(west) side of the creek up as far as you can.
It starts off as easy 4th/5th class and soon becomes ~5.6 lower angle slab. We were ~15' to the right of the waterfall this entire pitch (P1) Once this becomes steep (and at a break in the slope), start to head to the right towards a fairly obvious block with 2 cracks on it. (P2) After climbing over a lot of choss, reach a fairly clean vertical off width.(P3, 5.10, ~80')There is a left crack also, but we followed the right vertical one. We had to french free a few moves on this section. Go up, over, and then scramble over some boulders to the left for the next pitch. From here climb around the big rock and enter a squeeze chimney (5.9+) and then a second squeeze chimney. (P4) After this there is an easy but chossy scramble to the lake (P5). Walk off.

Pitches 3+4 are good and will be great if cleaned up some more. The view of the waterfall and the valley below are awesome for the entire climb.


Location 

see description


Protection 

Single rack, .2-#5. Big gear (#4/5) is helpful for P3 & P4. Lots of small gear or nuts for P1 (however its easy and can be run out)



Photos of Grizzly Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Grizzly falls from start of the third pitch
Grizzly falls from start of the third pitch
Pitches 2-5
BETA PHOTO: Pitches 2-5
overview from the approach
BETA PHOTO: overview from the approach
pitch 3 from the top of pitch 2
BETA PHOTO: pitch 3 from the top of pitch 2
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By Mitch M
Sep 10, 2012

So did you actually speak to any long time climbers in the Humboldt/Trinity area to see if you actually did the FA of this? (Just because there is no guidebook doesn't mean it hasn't been done.)Climbers have been going to the trinities for years now, I would be surprised if it took until last week to climb this route.

By Lianna
Sep 11, 2012

Maybe we were not the first ascenders .... although the loose rock, plants, and dirt made it feel like an FA! No disrespect was meant towards those who have climbed in the Trinities for years. These people have not been the easiest to find.

By Rick Shull
Administrator
From: Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Sep 11, 2012

Try asking Tom. He's usually at Far North on Wednesdays when the weather isn't good enough outside. He knows about most of the routes in the Trinities.

By Matthias Holladay
From: Durango, Colorado
Sep 11, 2012

When I was in the area, I never heard tell of anyone doing this. It was one of those that we'd scoped, but never got to...Way to go!

By Mitch M
Sep 12, 2012

Right on, my purpose wasn't to scold anyone. Just didn't want any disrespect thrown toward anyone. I'm stoked you all got out and hopped on something unknown and obscure and finished it.