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Crack in the Back

5.6, Trad, 45 ft,  Avg: 1.5 from 18 votes
FA: Bill Robins, Jim Yoder
Washington > Central Region > Frenchman Coule… > Kotick Memorial Wall


Climb the hand crack which widens to 4 Camalot size. Plenty of jugs as well.

Higher up you can stem off the pillar behind you.

The ledge at the top has chains.


After "Rod of God" in a little alcove hosting a few routes.


Gear to 4"'

Most people will want multiple fist sized pieces. (3 camalot)

Chains on top.

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The crack you place protection in.
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[Hide Comment] Very wide crack, would have liked doubles of BD C4's #3 and #4. Apr 9, 2012
[Hide Comment] Easy climbing fairly chosy. Gear to 3" should be fine, the last 7 ft there is an opportunity for a bomber BD 3. Only spot a 4 would fit is 3 ft below the chains. Mar 12, 2013
geoff georges
Seattle, Wa.
[Hide Comment] Fairly dangerous for the new 5.6 leader. I have seen some sketch leading on this. Just make sure to look closely to find pro, and use long slings for rope drag. Feb 10, 2014
Matt Mardigan
[Hide Comment] the left hand crack eats BD #3s Mar 23, 2014
Andrew Leader
Bellevue, WA
[Hide Comment] Need at least doubles of #3. I used exactly two #3 and one #2, even more #3's would have been nice! Could have probably found a spot for another #2. Didn't see any #4 opportunities, but I didn't look too closely for that. Oct 1, 2018