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Shared By: chris tregge on Apr 3, 2002
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Hammer Crack is located on the easternmost wall of the Major Mass. An early crux right off the ground leads to much easier and enjoyable climbing. You can skip the crux by starting just to the right and climbing left into the crack a bit higher.


Medium stoppers and a couple larger cams for lead. For Top Rope, head up the gully between the Major Mass and Minor Mass. About 20 yards from the top of the gully cut left (west) through a small "saddle" and onto the upper band ledge. In Swartling's book look at diagram 33E on page 141. After passing through the "saddle" you will be standing right on the word "Access" near the center of the page. From here head south along the west side of a small rock band and onto a point (on the book topo, walk from the word "Access" to the word "Keyhole". Hang your top rope anchor off the point so it falls to the left (northeast) of a small pine tree growing out of the rock.
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
Some would call Hammer Crack a 5.8. Apr 11, 2002
Ian Schmit
Ian Schmit  
Crux is right off the ground. Eases back to 5.6 handcrack in the upper section. Nov 6, 2006
John W. Knoernschild
John W. Knoernschild   Wisconsin
Great climb. Hard opening moves. But great moves non the less. Aug 17, 2009
Alex A
Alex A  
Short crux at the start, FUN, if you do it right, its 5.8 when I did, I was a 5.8 climber, not able to climb 5.9s like upper D, Jul 9, 2010