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Callipigeanous Crack 

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

Type:  Trad, TR
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: First Lead: Jim Erickson
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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Oct 30, 2002

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Keller of the HWDAMF sending Callipigeanous Crack ...


Callipigeanous is the appealing looking crack around the corner from Peter's Project. Unfortunately, the finger crack that looks like it swallows both protection and fingers ends at a ledge halfway up. From this ledge, make an exposed and dramatic step right onto the corner. Follow this corner (bad pro but 5.4ish climbing) to the top. If you can stomach the upper, somewhat runout part, Callipigeanous makes a great lead, perhaps one of the best at Devil's Lake. The lower moves are powerful yet oddly delicate while the upper section holds your interest despite the relatively easy climbing.


Small--TCUs and nuts

Photos of Callipigeanous Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Entering the runout second half
Entering the runout second half
Rock Climbing Photo: In the Crux
In the Crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Ron eyeing it up...
Ron eyeing it up...
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Z onsighting Callipigeanous.  April 09.
Steve Z onsighting Callipigeanous. April 09.
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By Steve Sangdahl
From: eldo sprngs,co
Nov 6, 2002

first lead: Jim Ericksonfirst lead of Callipigeanous Direct: Pete Cleveland
By Steve Sangdahl
From: eldo sprngs,co
Mar 25, 2005

callipigeanous direct is also a worthy lead 5.10+ ,use to be some old pins ya could back up with wires. at the ledge(where the huge loose block use to reside before dlfa trundle)go straight up.what the heck does callipigeanous mean????
By Pete Arndt
Mar 26, 2005

I believe the word callipigeanous means "shapely buttocks".Translation: Nice Ass!!!
By James Schroeder
From: Sauk County, WI
Mar 11, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13

I think given the runout upper section this deserves a PG13, at least. Even though the climbing difficulties are over a fall from most places on the upper section wouldn't be safe...
By Chris treggE
From: Madison, WI
Mar 11, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I've felt that way on a number of DL climbs James, business at the start, then runout 5.5-5.7 climbing at the top.
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Jul 10, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This is a must do lead! Great gear, and solid moves to the ledge. The run-out up top is heady, but easy, and you can find decent gear to protect it.
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse, WI
Jul 10, 2016
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13

I agree with James that it should have a PG13. The gear is great through all the hard stuff but the 5.5 climbing to the top is a bit runout. There is enough gear to keep you off the ground the whole way but it still wouldn't be a nice fall.

If you're strong enough to lead the crux you will be perfectly fine on the rest so go do it!

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