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Thunder Crack takes the obvious left-leaning cleft on the left side of the south-facing (shady) face of Bluff Major. Ascend this crack via stemming, contortion, and jamming.
The story goes that this popular aid line was freed during Henry Barber's tour de force at Arapiles in 1975, despite many previous attempts. A crowd had gathered to watch, and as Hot Henry slung a horn and wrestled through the crux, he turned to ask who would second him up the route. There was simply a hush of silence and blank stares. Henry, unfazed, reached down with his foot and kicked the sling (his only piece of pro) off the horn letting it slide down the rope to the ground. He then proceeded to solo to the top of the route.
Standard rack, include a few hand-size pieces.
|Comments on Thunder Crack
|By david goldstein|
Jan 20, 2007
Crux is at the bottom, kind of slimey. After that it's a great 5.9 handcrack.
From: Roanoke, VA La Crosse, WI
Oct 25, 2007
One of the best I have ever been on. The position is exposed and spectacular.
|By Jim Lawyer|
Jun 25, 2012
This route is right-leaning, not left.