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Bat Crack 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: John Wolfe, Rich Wolfe, December 1966
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Jun 11, 2007

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Start about twenty feet right of "Billabong". Climb a chimney to "Bat Ledge". Climb a crack to the top.


Standard rack.

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By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Dec 7, 2008

Kinda fun!
By stoubie
From: joshua tree, ca
Mar 20, 2010

We did this by starting it on Southwest Passage (5.8) then up through the chimney on the right. The crack itself is off-width. Good place for pro above your head as you start the main system, but you will need the "big stuff" later towards the end or you'll be scooting and praying to the top.
By Dean Olson
Feb 19, 2013
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

stoubie is so right on. the final haul is difficult to protect and you might find yourself run out to the finish.
By Ryan Strickland
From: Idyllwild, CA
May 4, 2015

The plated face to the left of the chimney start is a fun way to do this one. It protects well for the leader but does involve a poorly protected traverse for the follower at the end of the first pitch. Facing out and chimney climbing the first half of the second pitch makes it pretty secure if you're worried. The slab to the right of the crack on P2 is fun to climb as well once you get a ways up the crack (provided you aren't worried about falling).
By Moof
From: Portland, OR
Jan 7, 2016

Good route. Getting up into the chimney start is the crux. Bring knee pads. The upper low angle grovel crack is a hoot. Large hexes can be better than cams for pro due to the irregular crack. Save a few 0.5-1# pieces for building an anchor. Probably the most physical 5.5 I have ever climbed.
By Chris Ferro
Aug 1, 2016

Any more info on this route, like how long it is? What is the descent? Rap off or walk off?
By Sean
From: Oak Park, CA
Apr 18, 2017

just walk across top to backside and rap using the communal rap anchor at the finish of North Overhang (facing parking lot). remember to rap to the big ledge where Upper Right Ski Track starts. don't try to rap to the ground with a 60

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