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The Crucifix

5.11+, Trad,  Avg: 3.9 from 15 votes
FA: FFA: Bob Gaines/Tommy Romero
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Climb the Bat Crack but instead of mantling at the top of the pitch, head up and then hard right to a 2 bolt anchor. From here, work your way up the smooth corner via excellent stemming / palming / crimps / slopers, busting left and right of the corner as needed. An excellent full value pitch with great position!


See 'The Vampire' for directions to the route. After finishing The Crucifix, continue up Field of Dreams to top out. Or, rap back to start of Crucifix & then 2 rope rap down/right of the start of the Bat Crack direct start (haven't done this).


apx. 5 bolts. 2 bolt anchor to start and end the route. Small cams and nuts.

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Bob Gaines leading Crucifix, 1995.<br>
Photo by Sam Roberts
[Hide Photo] Bob Gaines leading Crucifix, 1995. Photo by Sam Roberts
Anthony stemmin' it out!
[Hide Photo] Anthony stemmin' it out!

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chris righter
[Hide Comment] Great route. At the roof section there is a perfect cam placement and a bolt 2 feet higher. Then you have to do a bit of a committing move well above that bolt with a potential awkward fall into the dihedral. Would be nice if that bolt was moved up a little higher where there is a more logical clipping stance further away from the cam and avoiding the awkward fall potential. Just my 2 cents. Still a great route! I found Field of Dreams easier than this pitch. May 28, 2011
[Hide Comment] Agree with Chris here about the placement of the bolt, but don't really feel strongly enough about it to suggest the effort of moving it. I also agree about the rating. The final traverse left to the anchor seemed miles harder than anything else on the Bat Crack, Crucifix linkup. Maybe even a sandbag at 11c? Or maybe I'm just gettin old... Jun 14, 2011
Crag Cat
wow Boulder, big surprise
[Hide Comment] Great route. It's 11+ up to the last bolt, then its a few 5.12 moves to the anchor. It looks like some hold maybe broke off, those moves are harder than any move on Stairway or the Pharaoh. Jul 21, 2018
Gabriel Kerbs
Lander, Yeehaw!
[Hide Comment] Re: the final traverse left to the anchor… (don’t read if trying to onsight!)

Maybe holds broke, but I found a way that felt like fair 5.11 if you traverse a little higher (final bolt at knee level instead of traversing below the bolt). There are holds, and the moves are still challenging. But nothing harder than what’s encountered earlier on the pitch. That jug below the anchors Is alluring, but just served as a footledge for me..

Incredible route! Nov 3, 2022