Login with Facebook
Monolith Blocks
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Dumpster Diver T,TR 
Foil T,TR 
Foiled Again TR 
Open Wide Burger, The T 
Quill TR 
Rainbow Crack T,TR 
Rusty Crack T,TR 
Shady Corner T,TR 
Surfing With The Alien TR 
Thumbs of Steel T 
Mountain Project has launched a new site: Powder Project, and we're giving away loads of gear, including skis & Oakley goggles. Check it out!

Rainbow Crack 

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

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
Page Views: 331
Submitted By: Doug Hemken on Jun 25, 2012

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (1)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
BETA PHOTO: Rainbow Crack


A gorgeous crack! Starts off with steep fingers and hands, then turns into an off-width struggle at the top. Reminds me of "Via Apia".


Heading South from Elephant Rock, pass the Tomahawk and the Monolith Blocks. Where the trail dips into a little saddle, beyond (South of) Monolith Blocks (and before the Monolith bouldering area), turn right (East) and walk North along the base of the rock for 10-20 yards.

N 43.42233
W 89.72404


Gear to 2-3 inches is adequate, but you'll appreciate gear to 8-10 inches for the upper offwidth.

Photos of Rainbow Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Stephen on the starting hand crack
Stephen on the starting hand crack

Comments on Rainbow Crack Add Comment
Show which comments
By Doug Hemken
Jul 4, 2012

Went back and did this one a second time. It is possible to avoid most of the offwidth moves at the top, if you find just the right face holds. In that case, this might be more of a 5.8 than 5.9.
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
and Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!