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Aswan Dam Crack 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Leo H or Rich Bechler/Steve Sangdahl, early 80's
Season: Winter Spring Summer Fall
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Submitted By: Burt Lindquist on Sep 18, 2006

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Nate Erickson at the crux of Aswan Dam Crack. Apri...


Two cruxes. One moving past first bolt and one pulling above third bolt onto upper part of the route.


Take bushy ledge system in a leftward traverse along base of wall to get to route base after leaving trail proper.


Three bolts and anchor. One can place crack gear to protect the first 25ft and easy part of the route.

Photos of Aswan Dam Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Remo on clean duty.
Remo on clean duty.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rhoads heading up.
Rhoads heading up.
Rock Climbing Photo: Here is JW leading it and he is most of the way up...
Here is JW leading it and he is most of the way up...
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting the good rest.
Getting the good rest.

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By Leo Hski
Dec 18, 2009

We called this Aswan Dam Crack way back in the dark ages. No bolts back then.
By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Apr 20, 2010

Oh cool. Somebody finally gave this thing a moniker.
By Leo Hski
May 6, 2010

I appreciate the credit for FA but who really knows? When Sangdahl first took me there in '83 or so the obvious big lines like Y Crack been done by my DLFA brothers and others that went before. Wenzel and I spent quite a few weekends searching out the remaining interesting lines, many of which turned out to be pretty easy, and some of which turned out to be nice climbing. I always assumed that anything easier that 5.10 or .11 might well have seen earlier ascents. We were climbing for ourselves, enjoying the crag, and enjoying the solitude. Never worried about FA credit. Those that had the vision and the skill for the big lines (Sangdahl, Bechler, Groth) certainly deserve the FA credits.
By James Schroeder
From: Sauk County, WI
Oct 30, 2013

Amen to that Leo!
By James Schroeder
From: Sauk County, WI
Sep 27, 2015

Good climbing on suspect stone. I broke a hold and bashed a knee trying to second this one. It's definitely not on my list of routes to return to.
By Steve Sangdahl
From: eldo sprngs,co
Nov 30, 2015

This one was led by my late brother of f-nes Rich Bechler and myself 1982 . Not really sure what old Prunes named it but probably something NOT politically correct! Leo, thanks for the nod.

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