Type: TR, 40 ft
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Shared By: Chad Berger on Aug 8, 2002
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The Stretcher starts about 10 feet right of Birch Tree Crack. First 10 feet is easy then it throws you the goods right away. From a large ledge about 10 feet up move left through a couple of difficult moves with not so good feet. Don't worry, there is a thank god hold just a few moves later. If you can finesse your way straight up, that's in the 10B range, otherwise follow the ledges right, then up. Remember, the pump clock is ticking, you better get movin'. A classic route that is harder for the short person. I'm 5'9" and a few of those holds have me pretty stretched out.


You can do this route off of a rope set up on Birch Tree crack.
Steve Sangdahl
eldo sprngs,co
Steve Sangdahl   eldo sprngs,co
i beleive the first lead of this was by Rich Bechler and steve sangdahl circa 1980. Aug 9, 2002
Actually I believe Scott Stewerd lead this way back when on a couple of tied of knifeblades "just for show" Sep 11, 2002
Tom Anderson-Brown
Madison, WI
Tom Anderson-Brown   Madison, WI

I'd call this a 5.9+. Compare this with Sometime Crack (5.10a) and it seems easy. Or maybe I just can't climb overhanging jam cracks. Oct 1, 2002
I'll second the Scott Stewart story. You can also get a stopper behind the first Thank God hold but I'd hate to break it off.

Scott also did the first lead of The End with mostly a backpack full of beer and several sleeping bags covering the spike for gear. Apr 23, 2003
I never led the route but I did solo it in the early 80's Mar 17, 2005
Steve Sangdahl
eldo sprngs,co
Steve Sangdahl   eldo sprngs,co
rich,this is one of the many times i wish i could produce a picture from my twisted mind and examine it.I envision you doing this trailing a rope and dale was there too. weird Mar 23, 2005
I thought this route was going to be a gimme (i'm 6 ft tall), it wasn't... i had to work for it hard, but yeah stellar line. Sep 7, 2008
Yep, gear was crap, it was a glorified free solo. It was very secure for me at 6ft but I could see someone shorter having to use the bad holds and risk a fall on to gear that would surely pull. Mar 18, 2009