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Recollections of Pacifica 

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

Type:  Trad, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Ladd on Oct 1, 2007

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A excellent long finger crack!

This climb follows the plumb line that Wafer Step (5.5) joins at the half-point of this wall.

Enjoy moderate moves until you reach a point where the crack squeezes down and won't accept fingers, then pull the crux face moves and enjoy the easier ground above.


left of wafer step in the talus at the obvious low angle finger crack.


small cams, wires
2 bolt anchor

Photos of Recollections of Pacifica Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: "Pacifica" is the thin crack to the left...
BETA PHOTO: "Pacifica" is the thin crack to the left...
Rock Climbing Photo: Recollections is the finger crack just above the r...
Recollections is the finger crack just above the r...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting off before the crack thins.
Starting off before the crack thins.

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By Derek Doucet
Jul 9, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I'm not sure what the OP means by a "long finger crack". Like so many routes on the island, this route is both of superb quality, and tragically short. As in perhaps 30' of climbing short. A one (really, really fun) move wonder, albeit one with impeccable rock, in a gorgeous setting. Absolutely worth climbing, but don't expect anything long or sustained.
By Ladd
Jul 10, 2010

yes, very true about the "long" statement, perhaps a great top to bottom finger crack would be a better description since so many of the island's cracks are broken by ledges.
By Zak Munro
From: VT,CO, Bar Harbor ME
Jun 23, 2014

Best not fall at the crux moves, used nothing bigger than .75
By gblauer
From: Wayne, PA
May 27, 2015

Reachy for this shorty...fully stretched out during the crux move.
By Max Dismukes
From: North Quincy, MA
Jun 16, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Green alien seems to be the money piece at the precipice. It will be right below your feet while you pull the crux moves, but it's bomb. I reckon the fall would be very safe. Great route, go do it!
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Feb 1, 2016
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Like so many routes on The Island, it's perfect, if a bit short. Reminds me of my little granddaughters.

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