Type: Trad
FA: Karl Hammer, John Hoffman, 1976.
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Shared By: Blitzo on Nov 11, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Donner/Truckee area Details


This is the pumper crack on the left of the East Face. It leans slightly left.


Pro to 3"


Don't miss this if you like steep hand cracks! Mar 8, 2007
Tyler Logan
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Tyler Logan   Mammoth Lakes, CA
Fitting name. It definitely gets pumpy towards the end! Mar 24, 2008
Karsten Duncan
Sacramento, CA
Karsten Duncan   Sacramento, CA
Great description Blitzo. This climb is not to be missed! Jun 8, 2009
Reno, NV
BruceB   Reno, NV
I found the crux (upper finger crack) really tough to lead through. It takes pro well, but stopping to place it saps all your strength. The crack is rounded over and off-finger so it's hard to get good finger locks.
Strenuous for sure! Jul 4, 2012
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, ME
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, ME
I remember doing this about 1996, at a time when I boasted, "I can onsight any 5.10 finger crack." Shortly thereafter I retreated from FTA and let my friend KC Baum finish if for me. I barely followed on TR. Embarrassed. Then assumed it was the altitude. Then realized that I lived at pretty much the same altitude. Then realized it was pure hubris. Never said anything like that again. Great route. Get on it. Speak softly. Mar 2, 2015
Rude Boy
San Francisco, CA
Rude Boy   San Francisco, CA
Nicely played Peter. Man up to your humility.

The start requires some muscle to pull through. Then I seemed to find "good enough" rest spots throughout until the end. The last 10 feet or so to the anchors are definitely the crux. Here the rock felt quite "slippery". Sep 13, 2015
Gordy Ainsleigh
Auburn, California
Gordy Ainsleigh   Auburn, California
This is a fabulous climb! It's about a 5.9 until you get to the left-arching crack/flake, which I have always done as a layback, foregoing protection once I hit the layback. That part of the climb is thrillingly muscular, and you just have to keep moving. The holds get better and better at exactly the rate that your grip gets weaker and weaker, so you arrive at the top with grip muscles totally spent, almost unable to hold onto bomber holds. If you haven't done this as a layback, you've missed half the fun. It's a long fall if you come off, but there's nothing to hit, and you'll either get an air catch or a maneageable landing at the bottom. Kudos to the guy who named this route. I'm thinking he did it as a layback.
Loved Peter Lewis' comment. Aug 11, 2017
carl al
carl al  
Gear is good up top! and i needed it Sep 18, 2018
Tony Milici
Los Angeles
Tony Milici   Los Angeles
Was pumped out of my mind on TR, couldn't imagine leading it. May 7, 2019