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Routes in The South End

Black Crack T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Black Hole Sun T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Cynosure T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Cynosure Direct T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Fire Away T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
High Hopes TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Illusion T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
White Arete T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Type: Trad, TR
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Phil Westcott on Mar 16, 2012
Admins: Frances Fierst

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Start at the right edge of the white Quartz looking Arete left of "Black Crack". Crack. Climb the arete to easier finish.


10' left of Black Crack


Will need to be creative to run TR. A good length of Static line (for distant trees) can be essential.


J.J. Bremberg
Fairfax, VA
J.J. Bremberg   Fairfax, VA
I found this route to be a lot more fun if I consistently looked for a slightly harder move to make (still juggy, just deeper movements). Very easy moves exist throughout the climb if you go to one or the other side of the arete. Sep 25, 2017
K Baumgartner
K Baumgartner  
Definitely a lot easier than a 5.8 unless I missed something.

Offset master cams help protect the lower section to get to the traverse. Nov 2, 2015
Andrew G
Silver Spring, MD
Andrew G   Silver Spring, MD
first section is similar to black crack in terms of difficulty and good times, but then it backs off. Sep 29, 2015
There is a tiny plastic ninja near the top of this climb, with his feet glued to a small ledge, very amusing to see. This climb is pretty fun, and the roof section at the end provides a nice finish. Definitely easier than Black Crack, but worth climbing. Jun 29, 2014