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Hard Case 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Joe Herbst and Matt MacMackin, 1975
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Submitted By: Matt Faust on Feb 20, 2004

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I haven't been on this yet, so probably somebody else could write a better description. This is the most obvious crack on the face, located on the far right. Route goes up a wide section through a roof, then continues on at a lower angle to the same bolted anchor as Head Case.

The only other thing I'm going to say is . . . Joe Herbst . . . offwidth . . . 1975 . . .


Gear to #4 Camalto

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Rock Climbing Photo: Melissa at the roof
Melissa at the roof
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This crack is just beeeauuuutiful hand and finger ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jared facing left through the roof and making it l...
Jared facing left through the roof and making it l...
Rock Climbing Photo: Facing right through the roof sequence and making ...
Facing right through the roof sequence and making ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Super fun start of Hard Case
Super fun start of Hard Case
Rock Climbing Photo: Hard Case

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By Tom Fralich
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 12, 2006

Pretty hard for Red Rocks 5.9. The new red Brock guidebook rates it at 5.10a. The biggest gear needed is a #3 Camalot...there's nowhere to place a #4. Really fun route with great gear. A bit awkward, but not too bad.
By 46and2
From: Las Vegas, NV
May 24, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Super fun route with plenty of gear places and a kinda fun/awkward roof sequence. Feet facing left or right?? Figure it out as its not so obvious but is really fun!! A natural thread anchor with slings is at the top of this route or you can traverse left to Head Case anchors. If it's 5.9 (Red Rocks); then it would be stout for that grade IMO.
By Larry DeAngelo
From: Las Vegas, NV
May 24, 2007

Worth noting that the Red Book called it 5.8 (the same as Lady Wilson's Cleavage)...
By Cunning Linguist
Jul 6, 2007

Fun route, it's 9+, crux protects with .4 camalot, and if it's so fun, why only 1.5 stars? I give it classic status-the only reason anyone legitimately walks up to this cliff, so let's hear it for hard case!
By Brandontru
From: Nevada
Oct 21, 2009

Its a good route after soilent green jeans, just walk on over to it.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Jan 31, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This is a very good line. Pulling the bulge is slightly awkward but a few hard pulls and it's over quickly. The rest of the route is very good, consistent 5.8 movement. There IS a spot for a #4 Camalot... right after the bulge.
By Emcee
From: Las Vegas, nv
Apr 4, 2012

great route
By Burt Lindquist
From: Madison, WI
Apr 9, 2012

Great one pitch 5.9+ with a thrutchy roof pull. Excellent gear. There is no offwith anywhere on this climb.... all the jams are bomber. Nice position up high over the car park. My only gripe was that the top anchor left just a little bit to be desired... but it was possible to back it up with smallest Metolious 3 or 4 cam.
By Edward Pyune
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 26, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

It took a while to figure out the moves, but after figuring it out, I really didn't think this was a 5.9. It felt at least 5.10a to me, maybe I'm a weenie though.
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Apr 19, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Pretty simple 5.9 once you figure the moves out. Some thought required and the moves are awkward, but no harder than 5.9, especially given the era this route was put up. No OW on this, gear to 3" will more than suffice.

RE: The anchor, it is possible to go straight up to a sling anchor, but you can also do an easy traverse out left to a pair of bolts. This is what I did and the bolts appear to be in sound condition.
By Jared Wicks
From: Las Vegas
Aug 4, 2013

I tend to agree that this is pretty stout for the grade and found the crux to be in the .10a range as well. It's pretty chill after that though and super fun with good gear.

If 5.9 is the top of your trad leading ability, I would NOT recommend getting on this route. I left a fresh piece of cordelette at the top but I definitely agree with one of the earlier posters that this anchor leaves a lot to be desired.

Fun route and definitely recommend it.
By josh holcomb
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 22, 2014

Great climb with sweet jams and locks.
By Justin Streit
Oct 4, 2016

Awkward? Yes. Awesome? Completely. Don't let the awkwardness throw you off. Yes, it's weird low and through the roof, especially if you have bigger hands, but this is a great crack definitely worth doing.

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