Type: Trad, 40 ft
FA: Tom Higgins and others, April 1967
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Shared By: C Miller on Jul 5, 2002
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The obvious wide crack left of Pinched Rib is a good exercise in fist jamming. Despite appearances it's better than it looks and the only thing lacking is length. Descend off to the climber's right, the same descent as for Pinched Rib.


Look for the obvious crack just left of Pinched Rib.


Pro to 3.5"
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
I would not have called this an Offwidth. I would have called it a fist crack. Rack up to a #4 camalot, but until the top (belay anchor) the biggest thing I used was 3.5". The belay anchor can be set with a small tricam (red, I think it was) + a #7 rock and a #4 camalot. The downclimb is a little scarey for some, so if you are with less advanced climbers, please consider letting your partners rap off of the anchor and then down-climb alone.

two stars. if you don't like sustained jamming, less, but if you do, it's quite fun.

Middle of the road 5.9, unless you have very small hands. Small female climbers who may have to stack hands or arm-bar. Jan 6, 2003
Josh Beck
Josh Beck  
In my opinion this is probably the best route on Chimney Rock and a mandatory lead for those working their way up the grades on cracks. I agree with Tony that (at least for Men w/ average sized hands) this is a fist crack in a flare more than an OW. Also agree that the downclimb is probably not best for people on their first weekend of climbing, though by the same token this is not a good climb necessarily for a first time climber :) Mar 26, 2003
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
Good burly fun! Nothing larger than a #4 needed, but #3.5 Camalots would fit best.

We had 50+ mph winds on the day we did it, and didn't feel like the sketchy downclimb in the breeze. Instead, we climbed up and over and dropped in to the top of the Flue - where there are rap anchors. 4th class the entire way. We had to navigate around some boulders, and through a squeeze gap, but it was fine. Apr 11, 2007
Adam Kimmerly
Adam Kimmerly  
Definitely a fist crack, even for my slightly smaller than average hands. Yes, there are wider sections where I placed pro (as to not block the better jams) but I don't remember a point on the route where I didn't have fist jams I could hang singly off of. 5.9 seems fair, as does 2 stars out of 5. Good, but too short to earn any more. Apr 30, 2007
JoshuaTreeRunner David
Los Angeles
JoshuaTreeRunner David   Los Angeles
This is one my favorite climbs at hidden valley campground. i like wide cracks. it was cupped hands for me and used a fist a few times. others have said they used fists for most of it. feet are tough as you enter the crack then it eases off. very enjoyable.

excellent overall! just wish it were longer. Jan 27, 2008
roman d
Pasadena, CA
roman d   Pasadena, CA
Fun climb to do at the end of the day - felt pretty cruiser for 5.9 since I have big hands. bring a couple nuts to back up a comfy belay seat at the top, or a couple 2-3" pieces to use the crack at the top of Pinched Rib. Tricky walk-off Mar 17, 2010
The first guide (Wolfe's) described Damper as F5 (5.4) " A jamcrack in a large dihedral near the south end of the west face provides a short beginner's route. First ascent: unknown."

It was one of my first leads at the Monument and proved to be quite exciting. One each 4", 3" and 2" bongs. Stiff old school boots do fit better than modern shoes though. Apr 18, 2010
Nathan Scherneck
Portland, OR
Nathan Scherneck   Portland, OR
You can avoid the downclimb by heading over to the bolted rap anchor for The Flue. Nov 14, 2011
jake marlow
jake marlow   laramie
super nice fist crack. solid lead. the guidebook only gives it one star but I'm a sucker for a nice crack so I give it 2.5. Jan 13, 2012
seemed pretty easy to, on the downclimb, do a little traverse to the tree instead of downclimbing the slab. i'm not sure what's considered the proper down climb but the tree to ramp felt pretty secure Oct 24, 2013
Fun climb. Good way to get warm. If you're 5' like my girlfriend, you'll call it OW. Otherwise it is a wide fist crack. I think I used three pieces...... 3.5", 4" and a 5". You could use 3" way back in there, but your second will have to make the stretch to get them. Dec 9, 2013
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AstroDood   his mind
cam placements not necessary if soloing Jan 13, 2014