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Checkerboard Crack 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: [S. Kimball & M. Neri, 1976]
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Submitted By: Charles Vernon on Jan 1, 2001

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Like its neighbor, Ziggie's Day Out, this climb requires great skill in placing protection, and it seems like you need TCUs for most of it. Nut placements can be had, but are very tricky. The left side of Checkerboard Rock is broken by a ledge 2/3 of the way up. Two prominent parallel cracks reach it; the left one (which continues beyond the ledge) is Checkerboard Crack. To reach it, lieback a shallow dihedral just right of a large block (thin 5.9-or, traverse in from above the block). Make some face moves to gain the flared crack, and climb it to the ledge (sustained 5.9/5.10). Pitch 2 is short and continues up the crack to the top.


Bring a double set of TCUs.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Joseffa Meir following at the crux of Checkerboard...
Joseffa Meir following at the crux of Checkerboard...
Rock Climbing Photo: Working on the gear at the crux.
Working on the gear at the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike at the crux.
Mike at the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: John Courtney low down on P1.
John Courtney low down on P1.

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By jason seaver
From: Estes Park, CO
Dec 2, 2001

This route can be done in one pitch. At exactly 60 meters a nice ledge and a bomber diagonal crack appears from which you can belay. From here you can scramble to the summit. Classic Lumpy flared crack.
By Luke Clarke
From: Golden
Aug 19, 2002

Agree with the comment on protection. Had to do considerable back cleaning to get the right gear up to the crux (it's the same size you want to place on the first half of P1). A double set of green, blue and black Aliens or Metolius tri-cams in that range would have made life a lot simpler for my partner and I Saturday.
By S. Kimball
Jun 1, 2003

Pitch 2 is short but do'nt underestimate it. Add an R to that 5.8...once the crack fades the rightward traverse is unprotected.
By Mike Carnes
Jun 13, 2005

Climbed this 10 yrs ago when I was a [rookie] 5.10 leader and somehow stuck it in a terrified state. Went back to climb it yesterday and pulled two offset nuts out of the flared crux crack when I fell. First time I have ever pulled gear falling and I have fallen on my pro many of time. So to make a long story short have your Lumpy head on, this crack is VERY flaring, and for those of you who have been on this before and wondered, the answer is yes the slab below does hurt when you hit it.
By JP.8d
From: Menlo Park, CA
May 25, 2006

This route does have a bit of tricky gear. An offset Alien (black/blue) works really well near the crux. Not a good beginner .10 by any means. Good route with some great hand jams even in the flare if you really fish around for them. Cheers...
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 23, 2006
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I went up this thing expecting a crack; when I name routes I either play off of existing route or crag names and also try to be descriptive of the route. Checkerboard Crack is a misleading name.
Since Checkerboard Flare and Checkerboard Seam-In-Leaning-Corner were not taken, I don't know why the route was called Checkerboard Crack (snicker).
Anyway, the climb was fun, but I could have used more medium nuts, which would have protected me a little more.
By Armin Colorado
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 28, 2006

Climbed this route yesterday, and agree pro is tricky, and did not run the pitches together. My buddy whipped at the crux for a 20 foot whipper and pulled out a crappy Wild Country zero cam at the crux. He was pretty shaky when he arrived at the crux. His piece below, a beautiful #9 BD stopper held placed in the crack below and to the right. His fall was nice and he didn't get hurt/injured at all, as he flew past me belaying from the sling/horn. We both agreed that he could have gotten at better piece at the crux, probably a small stopper. My stopper got stuck that he fell onto, I probably could have gotten it out if I had something to hammer my nut tool with. Not the best route for 2 budding 10 leaders, but fun anyhow!
By e Dixon
From: Durango, Colorado
Jun 19, 2011
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Doing this as one long pitch is the way to go. Gear is a little fiddly, but it is there. Kinda insecure, classic Lumpy climbing.

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