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Imp-Passible Crack 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Henry Barber and Pat Ament
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Submitted By: Rich Farnham on Aug 7, 2003

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    This stellar roof crack is about 15 feet right of the main dihedral (Diet of Worms, 5.10a) on the crag. Climb the hand and fist crack over a bulge 8' off the ground to gain the no-hands rest directly below the roof crack. The roof takes good pro and the fall is clean (trust me...I tried it out). Fun stemming moves and strenuous jams will get you near the lip of the roof, but you have to get horizontal in the crack before you can clear the bulge. Pop over the roof and you're done.I was able to set a TR to the right of the crack and lower off to belay from the ground. There is some rope drag as the rope tries to wedge at the lip of the roof, but it isn't bad, and lowering off lets you enjoy watching your partner as they grunt out the roof. Surprisingly, this route doesn't get a star in Rossiter's book. I would've given it 3 stars on this site, except for its length. The gymnastic moves and good jams will produce a bigger pump than you might expect from a 30' route. If only it had a 100' hand crack leading up to the roof it might get the 3 stars.


    This route is short enough to be done with a single rack of cams. The most obvious anchor would require a second #3 Camalot (having used one on the pitch) but if you look up and right you can get an anchor with the .5 and .75 that you didn't use on the route.

    Photos of Imp-Passible Crack Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Putting in some backup an directionals.
    Putting in some backup an directionals.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Getting gear at the lip.
    Getting gear at the lip.

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    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jul 18, 2005
    rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

    Probably a little stiff for 11b, but might have seemed easier if I had taped up. I am writing this with holes in my hands from jamming the crystals in the crack over the roof. Fun regardless. Would be 3 stars if it was a 100' pitch, but it isn't. A single set of cams from 0.5" to 3.5" are the pro, and I used a few med/large nuts for a bomber directional before starting the roof. The second may encounter some issues if they plan to hangdog- I would imagine that they might end up pretty low after a fall, particularly with any slings on the pro below the roof.

    As well, like the roof on Vertigo in Eldo, the rope gets sucked into the crack and maybe into the gear. Be mindful and consider taking a hex for a "bearing" placing it sideways out at the edge of the roof to keep the rope out. Set a 2.5" cam above for a directional, then belay up and at climber's right on a big sling around a boulder and a large solid tree.

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