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The Crack 

YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III British: VD 3a

Type: Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 55'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III British: VD 3a [details]
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Submitted By: steitz on Oct 12, 2011
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This is a great leadable climb. Don't be fooled by that 5.3 rating though, due to heavy traffic the holds are all polished and slick as marbles.

According to the guidebook, the first part of the climb you should head up the face climb to the left of the crack, then move into the crack once you're on the easier ground.

If you head right up the crack though, it is definitely quite challenging, and feels more like 5.8ish for the first few moves till you're up it.

Enjoy the harder start, then scamper up the low angle ramp to the vertical exit. Good fun.


Hades Heights, in the crack upstream from nubble face.



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By Timmamok
From: Durango, CO
Feb 24, 2012

Isn't this called "Golden Staircase"? I don't know what the guide book says(and the Horst guide is pretty so so if I recall correctly - check the old Carderock book) but just go up the crack. hard for 5.3 - good old school rating and 5.8ish is right on for the first move or so. Fun solo.

By Wannabe
Mar 2, 2012

My understanding is that Golden Staircase uses the face to the left of the crack. The "grain" of the rock changes a couple times in a short distance up there and its a great climb-- just left of this crack.