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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.
Will starts up the easy and obvious crack. If the...
|Comments on Northwest Crack
|By Peter Gram|
From: Park City, UT
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.