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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 45'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Alan Nelson on Apr 1, 2001
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Peter Dillon starting the handcrack.
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Every climbing area needs a high-quality handcrack, but not every area is so blessed. This Golden Cliffs classic is hidden away at the far left end of the cliff, but it is worth the hike with a rack of gear. Located on the right wall of the large dihedral of "Chimney Route", it splits the wall all the way to the rim at plus or minus hand size. For convenience, and to minimize the erosive impacts of walking off the top of the cliff, a two bolt anchor with rings was installed in 2001. The anchor is accessible from the top, so there's no excuse not to toprope it even if you left the cams in the car.


Medium to large cams (#3.5 Camalot) to a two bolt anchor with rings.

Photos of Handcrack Slideshow Add Photo
Maroon - Unknown. <br />Blue - The Perfect 10. <br />Light Green - Not. <br />Red - Risk of Injection. <br />Yellow - This Bolt's For You. <br />Forest - Mettle Detector. <br />Light Blue - Hand Crack.
BETA PHOTO: Maroon - Unknown.
Blue - The Perfect 10.
Light Gre...
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By shad O'Neel
Jan 13, 2003

Well, I guess for this crag this is a three star route, although I've climbed a couple better cracks here. Good way to avoid the crowds though. It's actually kinda wide at the top. A 3.5 woulda worked, I only had a #3, and it was weak...try the 5.8 called Bush Loves Detroit for a more fun climb....

By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 3, 2003

A nice pitch, but not three stars. Bush Loves Detroit and Big Dihedral are better. It''s too easy to avoid jamming the crack by moving out to the left.

A good route, but not three stars.

By Randy Carmichael
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 31, 2004
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Too short and broken up for multiple stars.

By percious
From: Bear Creek, CO
Oct 31, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

My favorite hand crack at Table.

By coppolillo
Oct 13, 2013

Decent little feature on which to teach somebody the basics...clean, sustained, if a bit steep for the first-time crack climber.