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Knife Crack 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Jack Pierce, Tommy Taylor - 1970s
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Submitted By: saxfiend on Feb 25, 2007

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Gary L. nears the finish on Knife Crack.


Even if this was the only outstanding route at this little crag (and it isn't), Knife Crack alone would make a visit to Griffin's worthwhile. Finger crack climbing at its finest with plentiful protection; the only thing wrong with Knife Crack is that it's too short.

Follow the jagged crack, using finger locks and foot jams, to a ledge with anchors below the roof. The crux is down low; things ease up some with better feet further up the crack.


A short distance down the trail from the waterfall; starts about 10' right of Whetstone.


Small to medium gear (cams/tricams/nuts); ring anchors.

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Knife Crack!
Knife Crack!
Me on Knife, Dustin belaying.  Grace Under Pressur...
Me on Knife, Dustin belaying. Grace Under Pressur...
Placing gear higher up.
Placing gear higher up.
At the start with a lot more to go.
At the start with a lot more to go.
Standing at the top.
Standing at the top.

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By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
From: Alabama
Mar 19, 2008

Nice picture. Thats one of my favorite crack climbs!!
By Brandon.Phillips
From: Double Springs, AL
Oct 7, 2014

"Outstanding" is also the way I would describe this climb. I swung into Griffin Falls on the way back from Chattanooga this weekend. Weather was perfect, and we were the only ones at the crag (Sandrock was probably packed). Worth a visit, even if you only climb this route. Protection is great, and the climb is challenging and fun. A Classic!!
By Lyle Dean
Dec 11, 2014

I first went to Griffin Falls in about 1975 with Tommy Taylor, Joe Sherrill, and Kip Simmons. We asked Tommy about the route and he said it had not been freed. Kip and I returned a few weeks later and got the FFA as far as I know. I'm not sure what Jack and Tommy named the route, but we always called it Knife Crack.
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