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Center Dinosaur Crack 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Feb 24, 2011

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Donosaur Cracks. Photo by Blitzo.


This is the nice hand crack in the center.


Gear to 4" or larger.

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By Simon Hatfield
From: Oakland, CA
Sep 23, 2011

Good jams the whole way with excellent face features for the left hand. If this were in Joshua Tree, it would be 5.6 and have a line on it three parties deep. Don't believe the guidebook, you can lower (off of two shiny mussy hooks) with a 60m.
By jfailing
From: Lone Pine, CA
Apr 9, 2012

Probably the best moderate cracks in the Alabama Hills.
By old5ten
From: Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
Nov 28, 2012
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

awesome crack, definitely not 5.7 by jtree or valley standards. somewhat unpleasant approach, but worth it. the bolted route immediately to the left is also fun (around 5.9/10a)
By Justin Tomlinson
From: Monrovia, CA
Jul 30, 2013

A 60m reaches the ground
By Russ Walling
Feb 19, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Best crack on the wall, but that is not saying much.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Feb 20, 2014

I thought this was pretty good and for certain the best on the wall. Blitzo, (rest his soul) clearly didn't climb this route or even walk to the base. The crack not only looks wide but is wide, if you've humped up your gear to the base you might as well rack up with as much as 4 1/2" if you've got it. You head up with a max of 2" you'll be hard pressed for gear in some places.

Anchors everywhere (4 total over 6' section). The route actually has a set of hangers with big-ol-buttonheads on it above the crack but why bother when there is a set of Mussy hooks 2' away that keeps the rope from running in the crack.
By G. Stetler
Oct 9, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Good route, I used several pieces bigger than 2". Suggest at least 1 4"; couple 3". Approach and descent awkward and unpleasant.
By grabski
From: N California
Mar 28, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Good stuff. Still some loose bits on the face, but with such a nice crack your hands and feet deserve to spend most of their time jamming. I agree on racking up to a #4. An extra #3 and a couple extra #2s won't go unused.

Regarding the approach, as you leave the road and the initial clear path dies-out keep left and follow a faint trail as you start going up. Stay on the left side of the boulder field, then a little past half-way up move right to the center of the boulder wash and hop around to the base of Dinosaur.
By Colin Szehner
From: Oakland, Ca
Apr 25, 2016

The approach feels long when its hot out and yes, bring wider gear, had to runout the top since I used it all below.

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