Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Steve Marr on Oct 22, 2005
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Seasonal Closure - 2018 Update Details

Description

Crack Corner is admittedly an obscure climb that is overshadowed by the several stellar routes on Animal World. That being said, like Old Dihedral, it's a fun climb and worth the attention if you brought your rack up the hill.

Crack Corner is the second route encountered on the lower cliff when hiking up the trail, immediately to the left of Animal Rights Activist. Look for a right-facing corner with parallel cracks ending at a tree. Climb the cracks and pull through a small bulge about 1/2 way up (crux). The climbing felt a little harder than the 5.7 rating, but the protection is excellent all the way to the top where you can anchor off the tree and boulders. To descend, downclimb the gully immediate to the left of the corner.

Protection

Stoppers, cams up to a #3 or #4 Camalot, and a bolted anchor.

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percious
Bear Creek, CO
  5.7
percious   Bear Creek, CO
  5.7
Protection: larger cams near the bottom (2-4 inches) and then one small stopper for the last few feet. May 1, 2008
Julius Beres
Boulder, CO
  5.7+
Julius Beres   Boulder, CO
  5.7+
At the bulge, you can get in a #1 or #2 cam before you pull over. The move is fun with good friction stemming and decent hand jams. The rest of the climb is fun and blocky, and much easier (5.5-5.6). Jul 3, 2008
Permanant anchors have been added to the top of this route. Jul 20, 2009
DamageVic
Coal Creek Canyon, CO
  5.7
DamageVic   Coal Creek Canyon, CO
  5.7
OK climb, very convenient for TR'ing 'Triple Play'.
I used:
2 #8 Metolius
1 #7 Metolius
1 clear Alien
1 black Alien
#4, 2 & 1 Lowe Balls (way up high in the roof crack near the end). Aug 28, 2009
E Johnson
Boulder, CO
E Johnson   Boulder, CO
The dihedral crack turned out to be wider than anticipated and for most of the climb. I'd advise bringing at least 1 if not 2 #4s. Two #3s would have been handy as well. Using my largest piece, a #3, early left me with nothing to protect below and through the bulge. I chose to downclimb and back clean instead of taking the risk. May 28, 2012
Jason Maki
  5.6
Jason Maki  
  5.6
Leave the cams at home on this one. It is easily protected with hand to fist-sized hexes and a set of stoppers. Rock quality in the crack is questionable, although there are bomber jams and good edges all the way up. Aug 29, 2012
Jay Eggleston
Denver
  5.7
Jay Eggleston   Denver
  5.7
I did not see the comment above about anchors being added, so we used the anchor on Triple Play. Jul 1, 2014
Mason Roberts
Boulder, CO
  5.7
Mason Roberts   Boulder, CO
  5.7
For the beginning trad leader, if no one is looking to get on Triple Play, there are a couple of bolts that you can clip on the way up to supplement your placements. Jun 27, 2016
Larry Shaw
Boulder, CO
 
Larry Shaw   Boulder, CO
 
This felt a touch harder and funner than Old Dihedral. I brought a rack to 3" and felt fine, but I could see a few places for some larger gear. The left face was a bit scaly in places probably from not seeing too much traffic. Aug 14, 2017
Branty
Boulder, CO
 
Branty   Boulder, CO
 
This is a really fun route, and it stays shady until mid-day in the summer! If everything else is occupied nearby, come check this one out! Aug 26, 2018