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Dam Classic (aka The Dam Crack) 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Jake Hutchins on Jul 2, 2009

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Partially Closed.


The most aesthetic crack on this portion of the wall closest to the dam. This is one of the best cracks at the Dells. climb the crack until it peters out and then make a couple of slabby moves to the top. Setting up an anchor is a little bit tough, and not all that solid but marginal.


single rack hands to fingers size pieces

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By Kevin Keith
Jul 4, 2009
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

This route originally known as "The Dam Crack" is very grainy and slabby and somewhat difficult to protect at the top. The crack to the right protects better and is still grainy and slabby. The setting is beautiful and the photo ops are outstanding. The odor however can be somewhat overwhelming at times as are the mosquitos.
By tourjee Tourjee
From: Moab, UT
Nov 22, 2009

Rusty's topo in Rock & Ice calls this Another Damn Classic.
By BCramer
From: Prescott
Nov 22, 2009

Another damn classic Rusty move ;-)
By Walt Barker
From: Reno NV
May 3, 2013
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Fantastic route. Great fingers to hands. Certainly one of the best cracks in the area. Must do.
By Kevin Keith
Sep 4, 2015
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Just added a new route to the left of The Dam Crack. "Haywire" 5.10b. Climb face/arete to the left of the crack past 3 bolts merging with a chimney on the arete. The step across to the chimney is well protected and the climbing above involves steep hands and fingers. The route eventually merges with the Dam Crack and makes for a spectacular line. Stay in the left crack as long as possible to get the best the wall has to offer. KK
By Gregory Cooper
From: San Diego
Oct 19, 2015

Just climbed this last Sunday. Gotta say its one dam good crack. Highly recommend. Perfect hands made it seem much easier than a 9-. Make sure to bring double medium range cams. There is now two bolts on top for anchor building and rapping.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
May 17, 2017

Yes, very good route indeed and the easier one to the right -- Dam Seam -- is good too. A nice wall.

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