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Northwest Crack 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Peter Gram on Aug 11, 2002

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Will starts up the easy and obvious crack. If the...


This route is a lot of fun, and a good lead for leaders with a little experience placing pro. Although this can be done as one pitch, it breaks up nicely into two pitches with a great ledge to belay from.

Start near the right side of the north face of Rhinoceros Rock. A variety of possibilities exist, but take a crack that diagonals from left to right up a ways, and then take the easiest path to the shoulder to the right of the summit. Fixed anchors are here for a belay. For the second pitch, climb the crack at the belay (crux), and continue to the top with fixed anchors. One rope should do the trick to get off the formation. The rappel goes off the back side.


Standard Rack

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Rock Climbing Photo: Alison pulls the final difficult move to gain the ...
Alison pulls the final difficult move to gain the ...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown colorado climbers at the first belay
Unknown colorado climbers at the first belay

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By Peter Gram
From: New York, NY
Aug 11, 2002

I believe that the left to right angling crack that I mentioned is the obvious crack starting at the tree pictured in the center of the photo. I am sure other variations exist at about the same level of difficulty.
By Dallas R
From: Traveling the USA
Sep 14, 2015

Found the Chockstone 2 pitch, then noticed some anchors in the middle of the face to the right. New to trad climbing it looked like an excellent place to practice. There are two cracks that lead to the first anchor. Both about 5.4-.5. The anchor is set up vertically.

From there it was a debate to go up right, or traverse a little to the left join a right angle crack to an obvious bench. Placement was more obvious (to me) left. Either way works. What is important is that from the middle anchor, at the one o'clock position is a bench, on that bench is a second set of anchors. West end. Still 5.4-.5. Anchors are over the top so out of sight to the second. There is still a bit to the summit, we chose to bail from the anchors. From the anchors you can single rap off the backside or rap back to the middle anchors, then a second rap. 60m would not reach bottom off the face.

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