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Rock Climbing Photo:  Shane Cobourn on Super Crack, 1980's
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By bheller
From: SL UT
Mar 26, 2012
Originally this climb was just called 10+... Then it attracted Yosemite's leading talent (Kauk) and was purportedly 13b- "a full grade harder than anything in the valley at the time" Then Moffatt comes along and onsights it, believing it to be 13a (great account of this in his new book!) Patrick Edlinger is said to have casually onsighted after Moffat. It was also later soloed by Clune...Later yet the 12c grade was kicked around for a while...Fun history for a beautiful line.

I have no idea how this crack was originally thought to be 13b... perhaps finger stacks had yet to be invented or the newly invented Friends just didn't inspire the needed confidence... 12a seems more like it... excellent, obvious protection (with modern gear) makes for stress-free onsights/attempts:)

With that said, this line is one of the Gunks finest. If only it was longer than 1/3 a rope length, and legal to climb, it would still be sought out by climbers from near and far.
By bradley white
From: Bend
Feb 1, 2015
several attempts legally.
By frank minunni
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 2, 2015
I think the 12c grade is pretty much spot on.
By Fat Dad
From: Los Angeles, CA
Dec 8, 2015
I don't ever remember hearing anything about a .13b grade (but then I'm not a Gunkie). I remember reading the Hudon/Jones article in Mountain (66 or 67) about what I think is their second ascent and I don't recall that they ever referred to it as anything other than hard 12. Plus, didn't Steve Wunsch do the first ascent, not Kauk?
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Shane Cobourn on Super Crack, 1980's

Submitted By: Sean Cobourn on Feb 9, 2009
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