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FA: M. Dufford and D. Leonardi 85'
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One of the Coulee's best hand cracks.

Jam thin hands to hands to fists with a spot o' offwidth below the anchor.

Bolted anchor

this was the scene of a tragic fatal accident a few years ago


Between Pony Keg and Crossing the Threshold


tcu's and cams to 4"
Brian Hench
Costa Mesa, CA
Brian Hench   Costa Mesa, CA
The victim of the accident was Goran Kropp in 2002. You want to have at least one 3 inch and one 4 inch cam for this route. Mar 16, 2009
Ryan Huetter
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Ryan Huetter   Mammoth Lakes, CA
No need for #4 camalot. With 2 #3 camalots you can leave one low and bump the other up with you for the short wide bit at the top. Really stellar climbing! Mar 23, 2009
Scott Coldiron
Spokane, WA
Scott Coldiron   Spokane, WA  
Much respect to Goran, he was an amazing athlete. With that said, don't be freaked out by the past accident. This is a fun, safe lead. Ditto the last post. I don't think the #4 is needed, and didn't need to bump up the second #3. May 22, 2009
mcarizona   Flag
Kropp was indeed the man for getting it done. I still have the article somewhere and there is a picture of a broken biner. Some shockload or crossload went down that day.
Steve Nov 17, 2009
Brandontru   Nevada
The first time I went to the coulee someone had taken a fall on this climb. Spooky stuff.

None the less it is one of the coolest cracks in area. Mar 4, 2010
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
Fun. It is definitely well protected, though I was happy to have a #4 camalot up top. An old #3.5 camalot actually would have worked better... Apr 30, 2012
Agree to By Ryan Huetter. I DID bump second #3 higher and I did not use #4. Oct 13, 2014
I used a #4 and was very thankful to have it!
I didn't take up any smaller cams (<0.5) but wish that I had. Oct 19, 2015
Kyle McCrohan
Brier, WA
Kyle McCrohan   Brier, WA
I found most of this route to be cruiser, probably only 5.9, with only the last few moves 10a. Even with my small hands, the "wide" crux was just some simple fist jams for me. No need for the #4. I think it would just get in the way. A #3 protects the crux just fine. This route protects well with just singles .5-3 and some smaller nuts for the start. This route is certainly much easier than George and Martha. Apr 8, 2018
Herm Harrison
Bishop, CA
Herm Harrison   Bishop, CA
This used to be much more of a handcrack, many big face holds have appeared. BITD there was an old guitar in the talus someone had tossed off the rim! Jan 1, 2019