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Curving Crack Variation 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a PG13 [details]
FA: Steve Cheyney, date unknown
Season: faces North/Northeast
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Submitted By: Tony B on Nov 1, 2016

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This is a pretty good climb with a bit of everything from face to OW.

Pick your way up some 'interesting' scrambling terrian past edges, ledges, and bushes, some of which are man-eating if you are not careful.

Arrive to the left of a large corner system on a ledge probably 50' above the base of the climbs 'Rastafarian' and 'Finger Lickin' Good' and at least that far to the left. A large, left-facing corner, that actually looks quite clean, looms over head.

The right face of this corner is split by a crack that splits a face just right of the obvious corner, twice curving up and left towards the corner, which likewise retreats inward, leaving you out on a splitter. Most of the climb is easier, but there are 3 slightly harder sections.

Engage in one harder section to step up and right onto a small ledge where you can access the crack. This is awkward, and it would be bad if you fell with no gear in, so consider having a gear belay set on the ledge system for the belayer before casting off. Climb up mostly hand-sized cracks for quite a while. The crack will curve left twice, both slightly harder sections that protect well, the second of these on smaller gear in the top of a crack which becomes flaring just before stepping into the offwidth corner (the true crux).
Up in the OW, move up a few feet and place a 4" can and then a 5" cam.
Seemingly good placements are available, but there is also some loose/bad rock in there and the feet out on the face are not terribly secure. Fight your way up the OW to the top, and belay on some gear that is a few meters back from the edge.

Walk/scramble off to the East back towards the notch that splits the approaches to the North/South face of this formation. Approach shoes are a great thing to have for this!


This route lies up and left from 'Rastafarian' and 'Finger Lickin' Good' on the North side of Turkey Rock. There is an inset that starts up on a ledge system above the start of those routes. In this inset of rock, perhaps 50' higher, and 80' to the left, the left-facing wall on the right of a large dihedral holds a climb in the corner (Finger Crack), a climb splitting the face up to the hanging OW corner (Curving Crack) and a runout arete (The Naked Edge).


Gear from medium stoppers to 5" cam. Optional 6+" gear was not taken nor needed. Doubles from 2"-3.5" would be handy, particularly as they may be useful for the gear belay up top.

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