Deep Dark Crack
Avg: 1.5 from 4 votes
|Type:||Trad, 315 ft, 2 pitches|
|Page Views:||196 total · 3/month|
|Shared By:||Tristan Higbee on Jun 14, 2012|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq|
DescriptionWell, there are some pros and cons to this route.
Much of the route is pretty dirty and/or lichen-covered.
Most of the first pitch is on not-so-good rock.
The second pitch isn't very good at all.
The first pitch is challenging, exciting, and fun, with some great chimneying sections and steep face climbing.
You'll never have to wait in line for the route. Ever.
The Ruckmans say, "You'll do yourself a big favor by avoiding this route." This route isn't for everyone (or most people), but connoisseurs of the obscure will find it worthwhile.
Pitch 1: This is hard, old school 5.7 on mostly questionable rock. Start up the obvious, steep double hand cracks right of the Weed Killer area. The right crack is steeper but has better rock. Make delicate moves up the face into some enjoyable chimneying and steep stemming sections above. You'll pass by an ancient fixed angle piton before heading into another chimneying section up to a chockstone that has equally ancient webbing around it. Belay on top of the chockstone. The pitch is sustained to the end. 5.7, 115'.
Pitch 2: The climbing eases up considerably as you climb up the dirty corner. Protection is relatively sparse, but the climbing is easy. You'll climb up and over some chockstones near the top of the pitch. Rig a belay using some cracks in the side of a large, overhanging boulder, or find a tree/large bush to sling. This pitch is dirty and relatively uninteresting but hey, it gets you to the top of the wall. 5.5/5.6, 200'+. You might need to break this pitch up into 2 pitches if you have a 60m rope.
Descent: Scramble up or around until you find the standard JHCOB Wall descent trail that heads back to the parking area.