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Back to Basics 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Jim Steagall
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Submitted By: 46and2 on May 30, 2006

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Dalon clipping the 4th bolt and getting ready to f...


Good moderate route but definitely solid 5.9 (kinda rare for Jacks Canyon I know!). One crux move to safely clip the second bolt and another awaits higher up. Very cool movement and I do recommend this route, just don't do it first thing in the morning like we did!!


Located somewhat left of the center of the Cracker Jack Cliffs; look for a indistinct corner (with another great 5.9), this route is about 15 feet right of the corner and just above some small blocks on the ground. Route # 27 in the guidebook.


4 Bolts will get you to the fixed anchors on ledge above for your rappel.

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By Scott Tucker
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 7, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Good climb, but I agree that it is at the hard end of 5.9. No soft grades on this one!
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Apr 2, 2007
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

If you're a fledgeling 5.9 leader and hoping to bag all the moderates at cracker jack you should think twice about this route. Clipping the 1st bolt may not be the problem but it's a pretty stiff 9 move past the first bolt and past the 3rd bolt. Good climbing and fun but make sure you're up to it.

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