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Opdyke's Crack 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Jim Opdyke, Mike Jackson, 1984
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Submitted By: Nate Ball on Nov 13, 2010

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Description 

"Stem up shattered corner above left side of ledge to reach deep, dark dihedral. Burly crack climbing and good gear lead over the bulge and to an anchor." - 2008 Ozone Guidebook

Location 

Right side of Snake Wall, on the platform to right and above the Snake Face belay. Left side of the arete and the route Party At The Moon Tower.

Protection 

Gear to 3"


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By another Chad
Mar 29, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This is my favorite gear climb at Ozone. Clean & solid, good gear, long, and a decent dose of exposure make for a fun time.

Chad
By bryans
May 8, 2015

Opdycke aided it in the 80s. I freed it in 2005, it was one of the first lines to go up at Ozone. Back when we were starting with the cracks. You can't imagine how dirty it was...
By Billcoe
May 27, 2016

I believe I led it (free) in @1984 or so. Of course, I could be wrong. Jim pointed the most obvious line out to me I climbed up it. I wasn't aware that he'd done it earlier till the guidebook came out. Climbed to the top on a super hot day, tied off a tree. Plopped my shorts wearing ass right down on the cliff edge and as Jim climbed up, while swatting mosquitos and scratching the lumps, I noticed a huge amount of poison oak all around and under me. I'd sat right down in the middle of it. It was, to this day, the worst case of poison oak I've ever gotten.

We had a misguided impression that if you couldn't do it ground up, let someone else do it. So we left most of what we perceived routes alone. Finally a smarter group of folks showed up and decided that for the most part rather than get killed climbing ground up onsight by loose blocks and things, clean the lines top down and put in bolts where needed. Dudes put up some good lines out there.
By another Chad
May 27, 2016
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Thanks for the little bit of history Bill. I appreciate hearing the details, rashes and all. Did you have a set of cams at that point?

Bryan, thanks for the cleaning!

Chad
By bryans
Jun 13, 2016

Funny story, Bill. I was still cleaning it when Opdycke told me he aided it back in the '80s. Took the wind out of my sails, but only a little bit. I would have called it the Coe Crack had you gotten to me first. There was a ton of loose rock in there still, you guys back in the '80s were crazy. Our approach in 2004/2005 was (usually) to hammer and crowbar the danger away from above, then decipher the pro placements, then bolt in the gaps. Lucky for me, this one didn't need any bolts.

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