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S-Crack 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 350', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Ellsworth, McQuarrie, and Wilson, 1964
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Submitted By: John J. Glime on Sep 1, 2003

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Description 

Only hard climbers will free this route completely. It does go really well at 5.8 C1 possibly C2.

The route starts at the same place as the standard thumb (lower left side of the face below a big, ugly chimney.)

Start your first pitch from the ground, or scramble up 5.3 cracks to your right to a sloping ledge.

Pitch one, 5.6: Climb up cracks to the tree choked gully and belay in the upper trees. You will notice Coyne Crack (5.11d) on your left.

Pitch two, 5.8: Work up the tiring chimney(for me)and exit up and left on top of a pillar. (Do not follow the chimney crack as it gets smaller and arches to the right.) It should be said that many people protect the chimney by first climbing the crack to its right, placing protection, downclimbing a bit, and then jumping into the chimney.

Pitch three, crux 5.12a or C1: You should see a bolt with a sling attached. Head towards it and take one of three variations to get up into the fantastic crack that moves up and right then back left. Aid or free climb up the crack to a blocky ledge above.

Pitch four, 5.8: Continue up and right liebacking/jamming the lower angle crack to reach an off-width groove, which is kind of awkward. I don't remember exactly, but some bigger cams might be helpful in the groove. The climb ends on lunch ledge.

Either continue up S-Direct or Standard Thumb, or rappel.

From lunch ledge you can make three double rope rappels to the base.

Aided at 5.8C1

Protection 

Standard trad rack. Possibly the biggest big bros might protect the second pitch chimney.


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Tim Nguyen <sp leading up the "Groove" pitch.
Tim Nguyen <sp leading up the "Groove...
Ian McAlexander at the top of pitch four.
Ian McAlexander at the top of pitch four.
Ryan B digging the tricky part of the "Groove" pitch, just before Lunch Ledge anchors.  Getting ready for the lead on S-Direct.
Ryan B digging the tricky part of the "Groove" pit...
Bob almost free on the "Crack" pitch of S-Crack (pitch 2 or 3 depending how you do it).
Bob almost free on the "Crack" pitch of S-Crack (p...
These are the cracks to the right of the 2nd pitch OW/chimney that can be climbed and used to essentially TR the chimney.
These are the cracks to the right of the 2nd pitch...
Beginning pitch 3 or 4 (depending how you did it) the "5.8 Groove" pitch on the way to Lunch Ledge.  Ogden visitors Tim leading and Bob basking in the sun.
Beginning pitch 3 or 4 (depending how you did it) ...
a view of the 2nd pitch OW/chimney crack. Its #6 camalot for most of it, and not vertical at all.
a view of the 2nd pitch OW/chimney crack. Its @POU...
Court in the glorious hands section
Court in the glorious hands section
The first pitch, rated 5.6 with some bush action as well
The first pitch, rated 5.6 with some bush action a...

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By tenesmus
Nov 5, 2004

Great route! Tricams are nice in the pods in the back of that 4th pitch -so are purple green camalots. You don't have to climb .12 to do it as its easy to aid the relatively short crux. Very clean fall too.

edited to reflect Crisco's comment just below about protecting that lower chimney. I've had several friends recently tell me the crux is getting into and out of the chimney and I agree. But once you're in there you aren't going to fall out - there are 5.8 jugs everywhere and you just stand and pull on them all the way. So, if you don't have a ton of big gear, you can protect to the side with your small stuff and get into the thing. I believe there is medium pro near the top - please correct me if I'm wrong because its been a while and I don't want to make stuff up.

Also, if you really do like this pitch I highly reccommend the Textbook Variation on Westwind Butress but you will actually need to bring your big stuff for that one. Worth checking out a new area if you haven't been up there.
By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Nov 27, 2008

We used a Green C4 for the first chunk of the chimney and then big bro's afterwards
By kBobby
From: Spokane, WA
Nov 15, 2009

Pitch 3: after the bolt, the crack is 5.11 thin hands. So you can do this pitch at 5.11 A0 also.
By Spencer Weiler
From: SLC, UT
Apr 26, 2013

Pitch 1- 5.6 hands that can easily be soloed if your solid. Belay on slung trees next to coyne crack or up through more bushes to base of chimney.
Pitch 2- although it isn't your standard chimney like you'd find in the desert, the only reasonable way to climb it is indeed chimney style. Bring your #6 camalot and walk it up the crack with you, using good edges along the way. Squeeze into the chimney when you reach the hero jugs, and climb easy face climbing to bolted anchor. (climbing the crack to the right is pansy style IMO) I did not find it hard to start the chimney. Back on one wall, knees on the other. Up you go. Awkward for sure due to the flare. I kept trying to OW the crack but that sucked.
pitch 3- Batman up the knotted fixed line past the .12 slab section, clip the bolt, then enjoy the beautiful thin hand to finger crack. Fixed nut at crux when we did it, and brand new 2 bolt anchor 15 feet above the difficulties. Felt mid .11, short crux but strenuous.
Pitch 4-got dark, need to go back and do it.