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The Mark of Art is an incredibly sustained 1-2" corner to the right of Sacherer Cracker. It shares the beginning (and the crux) of Sacherer Cracker, then branches to the right up the spectacular corner. You may be able to do this in one pitch from the ground, but there are convenient chains at the ledge above the 5.7 section making two pitches more desirable. Shaded in the morning and in the sun after noon.
It is possible to rappel the route with one 60M rope. It will take three rappels. First do a very short rap into the chimney above Sacherer Cracker to get to the Sacherer Cracker chains, then rap to the ledge above the 5.7 OW section, then rap to the ground. With a 70m, you can surely make it to the ground in two.
Start as for Sacherer Cracker climbing the 5.7 OW section to the ledge. Continue up the thin layback section, which is the crux of Sacherer Cracker. Shortly thereafter, move right into a left-facing corner which continues for the remainder of the pitch. Continuous and hard 5.10 laybacking will get you to the anchors.
Standard rack to 3 inches, doubles or triples of 1-1.5 inch pieces (yellow, orange, red Metolius).
I think it better to avoid liebacking and try to jamming entirer route. The prime gear for the long crux section is red aliens. 3-4 of them.
By Osprey From: ... Dec 13, 2009 rating: 5.11a6c22VII+E3 5c
I agree with Alexey's gear comments. This is the hardest .10d in Yosemite that I've climbed, although I linked it with Short But Thin. Maybe I should do it as its own pitch before I claim it is the hardest.
Definitely stout for the grade! It felt like a big step up from Catchy Corner, which is a similar sort of endurance lieback and rated 11a. Take lots of gear in the off-finger sizes since you'll probably use one of them to protect the start of Sacherer Cracker as well.
Huge flexing block near top of route. As you near the top of the vertical stretch of the corner, the flake turns into a block -it flexed 1" on me and a bunch of dirt came out. The block is 7-10' tall, 2' wide and 2'-thick and would kill climber/belayer etc. Tread very carefully. Even though the 200' pitch is one of the very best in the entire valley, I would not test that block again.
By Evan Riley From: San Francisco, CA Mar 18, 2013 rating: 5.11a/b6c23VIII-E3 5c
A stout route. Triples is 0.4 - 0.5 C4s. The death block at near the top is pretty serious. It could easily kill a belayer if it fell. Someone should trundle it. Its kitchen table size and ready to go with some encouragement.