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Best Crack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Electric Lightning T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Joe Cocker's Toe Jam S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Open Project T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Straight to Hell T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Type: Trad, 60 ft, Grade II
FA: John Hulett and George ..., 1982
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Shared By: TuFF GonG on Sep 13, 2007 with updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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A couple of hard moves off the ground (crux) gain a good finger and hand crack.


Best Crack can be seen just up and left from the Tiger Wall. Approach 2min.


There is a single chain at the top of the climb. The lone bolt is in a poor position. User discretion is advised.


mtoensing   Boulder
Fixed stopper protects the beginning, you just have to place a quickdraw on there blind. Good stuff. Splitter for Hartman. Sep 19, 2008
Santa Monica, Ca.
YDPL8S   Santa Monica, Ca.
Need to get a higher res picture if you have one.

There are 3 lines shown in this picture to the left of Best Crack. I did the 2 furthest left (I think FA's) with John Rosholt in 78 or 79. They were full of spider webs and lots of Hartman's crumbles coming down. Have you guys named or rated those? May 21, 2009
gunnison Colorado
TuFF GonG   gunnison Colorado
The routes to the left fall into the 5.6/7 range, and because there only crux is right off the ground I have only seen/done them as high-ball boulder problems. There is a sport route just a few feet to the right called Joe Cockers Toe Jam 5.10+ which gains anchors (a route worth doing if you're there). May 21, 2009
Santa Monica, Ca.
YDPL8S   Santa Monica, Ca.
Sounds about right, probably seemed harder to me at the time because of all the crap we had to wade through and all the stuff coming down. I'm so glad that you guys are documenting this area. Hartman's was so close that it was always easy to blow off homework and be grinding flesh against that rough rock in mere minutes. May 21, 2009
Fairly sure I led this nice climb in the later '70s. No idea if it was a FA or not but the conditions I saw were exactly as MossMan described, cobwebs and grapple. May 21, 2009
Sam Feuerborn
Sam Feuerborn   Carbondale
No more fixed stopper. This climb is great to practice passive placements, gobbles up hexes and stoppers just like all good granite cracks. Jan 27, 2010
James Hulett
Boulder, Colorado
James Hulett   Boulder, Colorado
First Ascent (also free) done by John Hulett and George in 1982. It was named Best Crack because it was the best hand crack they could find at Hartmans. Apr 23, 2011
Slade   Gunnison
This thing is a little tricky down low (but with good feet nonetheless), and I think there's a five foot section in the lower middle that makes this thing considered "Best Crack". The rest is fun as well. (Anyone know what that face bolted route to the right is? - I mean 3 feet to the right. The one that shares the same anchor as Best Crack?) May 3, 2011
There are chains on the route now. Just above the stance at the top, climb 10 more feet. Sep 22, 2014

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