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Back Crack 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Mark Sprague, 1999
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Submitted By: Ryan Barber on May 19, 2012

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BETA PHOTO: photo by Ryan Barber


Back Crack is one of the least complicated ways of climbing safely into Hohe Hinterland. Climb this zigzaging crack straight through, and do some funky chimney smears up and onto the small ledge above the corner after clipping high on the left after the natural pro ends. There is a small ledge where you can place a piece before moving up over another bulge onto a slab and up to some belay trees in the Hohe Hinterland area.

Careful; there is a crux move to get on the climb, so place a bomber nut and crank through.


Scramble up into the dirty gully right of Hinterland Highway, and look to your right at the obvious crack structure (see photo)

NOTE: There are no lower off anchors at the top of Back Crack yet. Follow the line up to Hohe Hinterland, and rap off of one of the big trees.


small/ medium nuts, cams and / or tricams.

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By M Sprague
From: New England
May 25, 2012

I believe this is actually how I did the route, and didn't move off right to the Killer's Crack anchor. I had fixed ropes running down from above for exploration and cleaning, which I think is how I got off. I had meant to put a separate bolted anchor in to the left that you would clip from the top of the corner.
By bradley white
From: Bend
May 25, 2012

Cool. It's a fun climb.
By Ryan Barber
From: Rumney, NH
May 29, 2012

I put a bolt in towards the top of the corner where the pro ends because there is a funky little chimney move to get out a good way past the last piece of gear. I guess I was a little confused about the original exit after reading the posts on Killers Crack. Mark, if you would like to trash the "original" page, I can fix this one and just mention that an extra bolt was added later for the exit moves.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 25, 2012

Finally got around to climbing this one... good climbing... a bit dirty in spots but hey its an obscure rumney trad climb what do you want?
By Eric Leclerc
From: Montreal
Sep 8, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Best way to clean this is by continuing climbing on "Schwarze Weissnergrat 5.8" in Hohe Hinterland. You get the bonus of climbing a nice line and no need to rap off a tree.

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