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Blockbuster T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Despatched T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Kama Sutra T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Missing Link T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Scorpion T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Scorpion Corner T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Scorpion Direct T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Thunder Crack T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Barber - 1975
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jan 18, 2007
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Thunder Crack takes the obvious left-leaning cleft on the left side of the south-facing (shady) face of Bluff Major. Ascend this crack via stemming, contortion, and jamming.

The story goes that this popular aid line was freed during Henry Barber's tour de force at Arapiles in 1975, despite many previous attempts. A crowd had gathered to watch, and as Hot Henry slung a horn and wrestled through the crux, he turned to ask who would second him up the route. There was simply a hush of silence and blank stares. Henry, unfazed, reached down with his foot and kicked the sling (his only piece of pro) off the horn letting it slide down the rope to the ground. He then proceeded to solo to the top of the route.


Standard rack, include a few hand-size pieces.


Jim Lawyer    
This route is right-leaning, not left. Jun 25, 2012
Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
TravisMelin   Portland, OR, Roanoke, VA L
One of the best I have ever been on. The position is exposed and spectacular. Oct 25, 2007
Crux is at the bottom, kind of slimey. After that it's a great 5.9 handcrack. Jan 20, 2007