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Routes in Hammer Wall & The Keyhole

Corner, The T,TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Darkest Hour T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hammer Case T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Hammer Crack T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hammer Crack Variation T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Hammer Master T,TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Hard Times T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Insect Parts T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Keyhole Chimney T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
Meat Hammer TR 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Nonconformist T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Prosperity TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Stettner's Overhang T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Sunken Slab TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Top Shelf TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Trad, TR
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Tom Anderson-Brown on Apr 3, 2002
Admins: Burt Lindquist, Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE

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Darkest Hour is a cool climb found at the back of the alcove starting on the ledge at the top of Prosperity. Climb up the groove to the overhang. At the overhang use the crack/inside corner to get above the roof. Finish to the right of the uppermost block.


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Chris treggE
Madison, WI
Chris treggE   Madison, WI  
Hammer Crack into this climb makes for excellent multipitch practice. Just not during the trad comp! ;-) Oct 23, 2017
Burt Lindquist
Madison, WI
Burt Lindquist   Madison, WI  
Yup- You can totally apprach this route the wrong way and make it feel quite a bit harder.... I have done the same thing and did it on a super hot humid day and topped out flabbergasted.... I think this route is ominous and intimidating from below and gives it some appeal that way. Jul 14, 2011
Love/Hate this route, the bottom is chocked with shrubbery and it's too easy to step right and then off-route. I got turned around in the overhang trying to straight jam the crack, much better if it's laybacked. Jul 14, 2011
Andy Hansen
Longmont, Colorado
Andy Hansen   Longmont, Colorado
Great addition to do after Hammer Crack. Super radical moves that feel prety hard for 5.7 especially if you're a shorter climber. Good gear, great moves. Apr 12, 2011
Doug Hemken
Madison, WI
Doug Hemken   Madison, WI  
A well-hidden gem. Jul 19, 2010
Tom Mulholland
#1 Cheese Producing State!
Tom Mulholland   #1 Cheese Producing State!
Has anyone done the roof instead of using the crack in the inside corner above the roof? I found a way to move onto the face above the roof via a large sidepull, then straight up (5.12a). An alternate was to pull onto the face with the large sidepull then continue around to a finger-crack lieback up the nose of the roof (5.12b) (ratings are mine). Is anyone familiar with that variation? Apr 16, 2010