Tennis Shoe Crack
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making it look easy.
This route lies in the 'saddle' of the E. Face of the West Wall of Steve canyon, in the Niche between the rocks. (S. Rrock with The Orc and Candellabra, N. Rock holding Super Roof and Let's Get Horizontal).This crack is reached by scrambling up into this saddled from the base fo The Orc or anywhere else in the canyon for that matter, then looking South in the niche. A left-leaning crack starts from the ledge and leads to the top.
Guessing at the cause of the name, we did this pitch in tennis shoes, and found it to be of no real detriment. The difficulty is not related so much to one's choice of footwear as it is to hand size, height (if very very short) and ability to jam.
There is a fixed anchor over the top, not far back from the edge. Belay and rap from that.
A set of cams, from 1" to 2.5", in sequence.
The start is the crux, and then locker jams.... fo...
Tyson Dimmitt learns tight-hands jamming on Tennis...
|Comments on Tennis Shoe Crack
Feb 2, 2004
Short route but good jams. I found the first 5 moves to be the hardest. The start is definitely height dependent. I am 5-8 and had not problem reaching the solid horizontal jam. Bolts, hangers slung for rapping off. Check em though. They weather.
|By C Miller|
Feb 10, 2004
Short and sweet with locker jams - it's too bad this doesn't run for a full pitch. One star out of five (more if it was longer).
|By Darren D.|
Mar 28, 2007
If you find yourself in steve canyon with 5 min. to kill, give this one a try. 10 meter rope needed for rappel.
|By armando fimbrez|
From: rancho cucamonga
Feb 27, 2008
My friend Sean lead this in his. Yes you guessed Tennis shoes.
|By C Runyan|
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 13, 2009
As of April 2009, someone has upgraded the two-bolt anchor with chains (good riddance tattered webbing and rap ring). Many thanks!
From: Palm Desert, CA
Apr 18, 2010
This here's a good route. A fun 5.8 crack for those of us who suck at crack climbing. Yup, it's only 20 feet (maybe I'm secretly thankful about that). There's anchors at the top and getting to the route is pretty darn easy. A must do? Probably not. Good fun? Yeah, I thought so.