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Rawhide 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Feb 27, 2005
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Description 

Rawhide is the most obvious finger crack left of AC Devil Dog on the lower portion of the Grotto's main wall. It is a fun and difficult route with a distinct crux section near the middle of the route.

Stemming right decreases the difficulty.

In the photo below, Rawhide is the crack that starts on the bottom left.


Protection 

Bring gear up to 2.5 though mostly smaller stuff.

You can set up a top rope by climbing one of the other routes and walking over to the top anchors.



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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Nov 25, 2006
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b

Wowzers. Awesome climb. The business is right in the middle, through a long section of ring locks and rattly fingers. The feet are brutally tough in this section, but fight the urge to stem right... it will decrease the grade significantly. Mostly gear from yellow alien to #0.75 camalot... but a #3 camalot could come in handy at the top and you can get a #1 in at the bottom. The climb stays in your face all the way to the top, so don't think it is over when you get to the roof!

By Dennis
Dec 24, 2007

What a great crack. Felt like sustained 10d if you stick with the crack and don't stem.

By Aron Quiter
Administrator
From: Oakland, CA
Jan 5, 2008

Saw a guy climb this route with his jaw wired shut. That was impressive, and made the Grotto quite loud with his breathing.

By tallmark515
From: San Francisco
Apr 2, 2009
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c

Sustained, covers about every bad hand size. tight hands, rattly fingers and fingertips. A few bomber locks in the finger section. Good feet are hard to find, but the falls are clean. Seems more like .11a, especially if they call Snake Bite .11b.

By tallmark515
From: San Francisco
Dec 21, 2009
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c

Did it again and fell again. This thing is painful and sustained. Gear is also challenging because of all the crystals on the walls of the crack. Forget TCU and organize your rack well, get those BD .4, .5 and .75's ready and don't be afraid to use them... quickly.

By Mr Snrub
From: Bishop, CA
Jun 15, 2012

Not a ton of crack climbing at the grotto, but this route is worth hauling your rack! Great Crack!