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Tundra Turkey Crack 

Tundra Turkey Crack 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300', Grade II
FA: Larry Hamilton and Tom Gries, August 1975
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Submitted By: L. Hamilton on May 21, 2003
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BETA PHOTO: Tom Gries approaching Tundra Turkey Crack, Ptarmig...


This minor three-pitch climb makes a steep and enjoyable rest-day excursion, for parties camping at Lake Nanita.

To the right of the low point of the 2-4 gully is a deep, grubby-looking chimney/gully. On the vertical wall to the right of this feature is a prominent 300-foot jam crack, which diagonals slightly leftwards until it intersects the broken rock of the Sunshine Ledges route about a third of the way up the left side of Tower 2. The base of this crack is gained by climbing up and right from near the bottom of the aforementioned grubby groove. Two more leads directly up the crack complete the climb. A descent involving downclimbing and two short rappels in the 2-4 gully takes you back to the base; or for a summit experience, it's possible to continue up the Sunshine Ledges.


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