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Coed Crack 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Perin Blanchard on Oct 13, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: South Face of P.A.'s Mother 12 Coed Crack 5.6 13 T...


Coed Crack starts with about 6 or 7 feet of easy, not-quite vertical climbing, then easy, low-angled climbing following a shallow, flaring, offwidth crack until the face goes vertical about 10 feet before the end of the climb. The climbing is essentially all face holds, although I suppose if you really wanted to you could get in an offwidth move or two near the top.


Coed Crack is on a south face a few hundred feet past the gate on the north side of the canyon, across the creek and after a short, easy scramble through scrub oak to the base. Descent is via rappel or walk off around to the Northeast.


Mostly wide stuff. I used 2 #1 Camalot C4s near the bottom, a #5 C4 near the middle, slung a horn, and used a #6 C4 at the start of the vertical section. The vertical section is bigger than a #6. There is a two-chain anchor on top on the left side.

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Rock Climbing Photo: I had a good enough knee bar at the crux wide part...
I had a good enough knee bar at the crux wide part...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chains and bolts at top ledge of Coed Crack. Most ...
BETA PHOTO: Chains and bolts at top ledge of Coed Crack. Most ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ethan seconding. That #5 C4 is almost as big as he...
Ethan seconding. That #5 C4 is almost as big as he...

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By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Oct 13, 2006

Although I didn't care much for this route, I should note that my 11-year-old son thought it was pretty fun.
By Tristan Higbee
From: Ogden, UT
Oct 24, 2008

Did this route for the first time today and I really enjoyed it. I took a set of nuts and cams from .75 to #6 Camalot. I placed two nuts and .75, 1, 2, 5, and 6 Camalots, along with the green Big Bro (#3, I think). I should have taken the blue one (#4?) for near the top, but a #6 Camalot was good enough. I also should have taken more finger-sized cams, but it wasn't a big deal and I was able to get nuts in just fine.

I don't think this route gets done very much. I've actually never seen anyone on it, and there are plants and spiderwebs everywhere. Near the top, the crack is bigger than I thought it was. I was able to get most of my left side in it and it was almost a squeeze chimney (I'm pretty skinny). I toproped it again after I led it and used the face holds to the left of the crack near the top. They're huge! Fun!
By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Mar 12, 2009

Did this last fall. Most of the route leaves something to be desired. The upper part is good offwidth practice. I also climbed it on the face to the left and the holds were huge as well.
By godfather
Aug 6, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Topped the route and found access to the chains rather easy and safe, but their location behind the edge of the rock face demanded long rigging that made rappelling over the side tricky. I eventually opted to backup my rappel device, keep it cinched, and use my hands a little to get through the major crack, then ease off the backup and rappel as usual. The width of the crack near the top made chimneying rather impossible (unless you're extremely skinny), and with the bit of overhang at the crux, the difficulty is certainly more than 5.6. Myself and other climbers who routinely ascend 5.8's and 5.9's found the selection of options at the crux a bit more challenging than what we're used to. A bit tough to belay, as the ledge at the bottom leaves little room for standing.

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