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Graham Crackers 

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

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: D. Lashier and Paul Raymond, April 1968
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Submitted By: Roger Linfield on Jan 27, 2006

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My 6 1/2 year old son cruising on the 2nd pitch of...


This climb provides a good introduction to multi-pitch routes. It is well-protected, has a variety of moves, and is not sustained. A fifteen foot section of face climbing near the top is the crux. It starts in an obvious notch, a ways to the right of the Cat's Cave Inn dihedral. Walk off from the top. This climb is in the shade most of the day.


standard rack - include a few larger pieces

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By Adam Stackhouse
Feb 9, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Good warm up route, or beginner route. Belay at a horizontal flake running on the left hand side of the crack. Nuts for crux second pitch (but it is short).
By C Miller
From: CA
Feb 9, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Good multi-pitch beginner's climb, as noted. There are belay bolts atop the 1st pitch ledge (shared with Yours).
By Joel
From: Mukilteo, WA
Aug 27, 2006

I enjoyed this route and found it to be a great beginner TRAD lead.
By Mark L
Jul 17, 2007

I think this might be a slightly uncomfortable lead for a new 5.6/5.7 leader unless they are good at finding features for the feet. There are hollow sounding blocks that lower confidence in some of the the pro options. There are 2 sections where you follow the small dihedral for 10-15' of pretty much just friction climbing and you will not be able to sew it up and would not want to slip. If you look for the feet on these 2 sections you will find them though and this is how to make that section more secure. The fin at the top was easy in comparison - just feel around.
By Craig Hamilton
From: topanga, ca
Aug 13, 2007

A fun trad lead for the grade with good variety. Once I passed the crux toward the top, it seemed run out, but I heard from someone in the bar later that evening that there is a bolt just above the large fin/flake. I guess I missed it!

On the descent trail from this crag, you need to pay attention for the right turn that takes you back along the base, as the main trail goes elsewhere. If the trail starts curving left and downhill, you've gone a bit too far.
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Feb 25, 2008

Via email from Don Lashier: "the other climber was Trish Raymond (Charlie Raymond's wife), not "Paul" Raymond."
By Ryan Strickland
From: Idyllwild, CA
Oct 30, 2010

Graham Crackers is one of my personal favorites because it was my first trad lead. Overall very easy route, as stated by others. The second pitch has a few areas where there really aren't many options for pro. However there are several options for protecting the crux move over the horn. The slab above the horn is very easy so the run out isn't a big deal.
By Gilles
From: Arcata,CA
Jun 14, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Rock Climbing Photo: @ the Horn...Very fun!
@ the Horn...Very fun!

This was my first multi-pitch climb. I thought the 2nd pitch was absolutely fun, with a little bit of a head game at the right facing flake, but nothing that is not doable for a new leader. The horn can be protected just underneath it with a small tcu and a runner, and as mentioned above, the slab runout at the top is nothing, basically ran up it.
By alleyehave
From: San Diego, CA
Jun 23, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Despite general consensus, I actually liked this climb. The second pitch was a hoot and the "run-out" at the end is hardly such. Think 4th class slab. Although next time i'll opt for the 5.7 start on P1 to the left.
By Jim Dover
From: Idyllwild, CA
Oct 26, 2011

Wickedly fun climb. A little thin on protection on the second pitch--partly because I forgot my #3 and #4 Camalots! A few of the flakes on pitch 1 yield good placements but sound hollow. Overall, the feet and hands are all there and the horn at the top is a blast. Completely positive hands. Great fun.
By Gavin Bridgeman
From: Tustin, California
Oct 12, 2013

Loose like sierra terror, but fun.. 2nd pitch is mellow but will grab your attention off the belay
By Rich and Ben
From: Temecula, CA
Nov 13, 2015

When you reach the Horn, you may be tempted to go right. Better to skirt left. The Horn provides great holds, but no place for protection after the Horn. Before the Horn, the route can be protected with small nuts.

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