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Coffin Crack 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 83'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: pre-1972
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Submitted By: Casey Bernal on Mar 26, 2002

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Looking down from just above the crux.

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This route climbs up to the obvious stem box / bombay chimney. Start beneath it on a slab and climb up and right to find a crack above a roof that leads up to the box. The bottom section of crack takes lots of pro but when you climb higher up you realize the whole block that you have gear in isn't too solid, but hopefully it will hold.

After the first initial section of crack, you have a handcrack for a couple moves to the base of the box. Place a good, small/medium nut and figure out the moves to get into the stem box. Place a large nut and step out right to the arete and climb easy ground to the top. You should be proficient in placing tricky nuts and TCUs, otherwise it might be somewhat risky.

It might be possible to set up a gear toprope, or use the chains to the left, but it seemed most reasonable to top out and belay above from gear, boulders or trees. Fun stuff. - Casey Bernal


Lots of nuts and TCUs. Up to a #2 cam.

Photos of Coffin Crack Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A good view of the box, the crux area.
A good view of the box, the crux area.
Rock Climbing Photo: Midway.
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up into the box.... just where I like it.
Heading up into the box.... just where I like it.
Rock Climbing Photo: Just past the crux out of the "box".
Just past the crux out of the "box".

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By Jason Carter
From: Monument, CO
Aug 14, 2002

A fine pitch of trad climbing - sews up nicely and the 'bombay' roof is a kick after putting together the moves - the route takes a lot of med to large nuts and small to mid TCUs - the roof can be loaded with small gear before you stem into it and then can be protected again when you're in deep and ready to step out to the right - super fun trad climb in Clear Creek! I guess the anchor bolts were chopped at some point?
By tobias Nitschke
From: CO
Jan 1, 2003

Interesting route... I wasn't totally psyched about my placements lower down, though there are certainly many options for pro. I would recommend getting in a solid nut here and there; one or two of my cam placements just didn't seem a hundred percent. Fun alternative to clipping bolts, though. Alternative way past the roof would be out to the left, though to the right seems easier. Also, there's another decent trad line about 15 feet to the right that tops out through the short dihedral. Don't know the name. Probably 5.9 as well at the top.
By Kevin Greeley
Feb 21, 2009

This is a great climb. I led it years ago when I first started climbing, got tunnel vision at the bottom and fell on gear, it held very nicely. I did fall on a stopper, they set nicely and in my experience were bomber. Anyone who is comfortable placing gear should feel comfortable doing this climb.
By Kevin Capps
From: Golden, CO
May 27, 2013

Whoever stole my chains on the anchor I put on this route, I would love them back so I can cement them back to the anchor. If you feel like you need to disassemble an anchor to a route, you should stop climbing on fixed anchors and make your own anchor.
By Monty
From: Golden, CO
May 27, 2013

That's lame.... Stealing anchors is bad mmmkay.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Sep 23, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

It looks like you can use the bolt anchors on Pet Semetary as an anchor. The bolts look fairly new. I used a tree and a big block for my anchor as I was top roping by myself and did not want to risk going to the bolts. It looks like they would be a good option if you were leading.
By Dan S.
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 6, 2014

Climbed this route today, and anchors were at the top of the climb with rap rings (no chains). Anchors are not accessible from above unless you have some gusto to downclimb to them. Thanks to those replacing some of the bolts in this area.
By George Bracksieck
Dec 5, 2014

From the ground to the anchors, this route is about 83 feet tall. My first lead of this route was in 1972, after leading the two easier climbs to the right. I'm sure all three had been done before.

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