Type: Trad, Alpine, 150 ft, Grade II
FA: 6/27/31, Hans Wittich, Walter Becker, Rudolph Widener
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Shared By: Andrew Carson on Aug 8, 2008
Admins: Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg

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The Wittich Crack is a very fun one pitch shot leading from the start of the OS up to the Cat Walk. This obvious break in the wall above the Upper Saddle starts about 20 feet south of the Belly Roll, about where parties climbing the OS would rope up and start belaying. The double cracks of the Wittich quickly merge into a large chimney and crack system, with a few bulges and a large roof at the top. The rock is excellent and the climbing enjoyable, with the crux being the big roof at the top.


See the description section. This route is likely as prone to icing and being wet as is the OS.


There are numerous fixed pins along the way, but parties would probably want a small rack including a few stoppers and cams. The pins are 'modern', not placed by Hans, and the number would indicate this route was once climbed fairly regularly.


Joseph Karpel
Joseph Karpel   Boulder
This is a great alternative for those who dont want to take the belly roll if there is congestion near the summit. Jan 27, 2011
This can be done in one pitch. The crux is protected by a piton and their are about 5 pitons on the pitch. Aug 20, 2014
Exit left under the roof. Aug 20, 2014
Jesse Bryant
New Haven, CT
Jesse Bryant   New Haven, CT
should be climbed more!

straight in crack to chimney to easy layback to beautiful roof move. bring mid-sized cams (0.5-1) or some mid-sized nuts to build an anchor at the top!

ninja roof move at 13700' is wild Jul 23, 2017