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Hidden Crack 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 400', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Mike Fischesser, Zachary Lesch-Huie - 1999
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Submitted By: Coz Teplitz on Jun 9, 2009  with updates from grant N

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A long, slightly meandering route that wanders up ledgy climbing to the left of the main East Face routes (Jim Dandy, Peek-a-boo, Skip to My Lou, etc.). The "hidden crack" is all of 20 feet long - the climbing is much more traditional Table Rock slab. It's good, with bolted anchors on every pitch (except the last due to some unknown choppers). The climbing is fun and can be used to escape some of the crowds. It's hard to find the start.

P1(100 ft, 5.7): From the tree on the right side of the narrow ledge (described below), head up and right, generally following lichen-free rock up the outside of the bulging buttress. After the "hidden crack", clip a few bolts that protect some slabby moves (crux) and then finish up and right at a two-bolt anchors. (Note: there are two sets of bolts up here; one is for Hidden Crack and the other is for Persistence of Vision (5.9), a route that climbs the left wall of the Peek-a-boo gully. Either set will work for this route.)

P2(60 ft, 5.5): Climb easier ground up to the right end of the large tree ledge. There is a two-bolt anchor down and right, slightly below the ledge. You can also use trees on the ledge.

P3(110 ft, 5.7): Locate a bolt under the right side of the big roof. Climb to the bolt, clip it, then move up and right on big, funky holds until established above the roof. Then, climb up and left past another bolt, eventually reaching a two-bolt anchor above the slab at a little ledge. (Note: from this anchor, one 60 m rope will get you to the tree ledge.)

P4 (100 ft, 5.7): From the anchor, move left and up through blocky ground, aiming for a corner/crack system that trends slightly right. Move up this a little, then move back left around the overlap, following the biggest holds and cleanest rock. Above, move up slabby ground, eventually trending right to the 3rd class terrain on the left end of Lightning Ledge.

Descent: Scramble up Lightning Ledge and trail to top, or go back to Lunch Ledge and rappel from two bolt anchor above P3 of Cave Route (also called "The Block"). This rappel to lunch ledge requires 1 60 meter rope with some nontrivial downclimbing, two 60 meter ropes, or 1 70 meter rope.


Start is left of Peek-a-boo at a dirty, slightly blocky gully just right of Tall Climb to be Good On (look for the finger crack on that route). Scramble up blocks, trending slightly right, for 30-40 feet, until you get to a narrow ledge with a tree on its right end. The climb moves up and right from here.


Gear to 2".

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Rock Climbing Photo: View from the base of Hidden Crack
BETA PHOTO: View from the base of Hidden Crack
Rock Climbing Photo: P1 rolls around right of broad buttress and then u...
BETA PHOTO: P1 rolls around right of broad buttress and then u...
Rock Climbing Photo: Up the scramble (somewhere between 3rd class to 5....
BETA PHOTO: Up the scramble (somewhere between 3rd class to 5....

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By Matt Westlake
From: Durham, NC
Oct 24, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Start is sort of hard to find - don't get suckered into the 5.5 The Wasp, the "hidden" crack is the FAR right side of the start ledge up some easy unprotected slab. Can't see the first bolt as it's over the first bulge.

Rapped down from top of P3 with a single 60m (might be sorta stretchy though). From P3 to P2, doesn't put you AT the bolts but a little ledge above requiring a little down gully scramble and hike over mossy hummocks. Not bad but could be slippery, so take care. P2 to P1 anchors don't forget to swing left a bit to find them and probably wise to knot your ends! From P1 anchors we went straight down to what we thought was the start ledge but it was actually another rap station just left of Peek-A-Boo, maybe Wooly Aphid? Anyway, one more short rap and we were down. Good bolts the whole way.
By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Sep 16, 2012

ANother great full length route of its grade. Can be difficult to find as stated above, but don't give up, its totally worth it! An unclimbed classic, get on it!
By Ezra Ellis
From: Hotlanta
Aug 26, 2013

A true classic, protects well after the initial runout on 5.4 terrain.
Anchor the belayer to the large tree.
By Jeff Gregory
From: Columbia, South Carolina
May 18, 2014

I absolutely loved this climb. Vertical and exposed sections on hero holds, flaky crack sections with loads of gear, long pitches, an adventure element with the tree ledge at the pitch 2 belay...etc etc.

We topped out after a fairly run-out pitch 4 on crispy lichen-encrusted slab. Maybe tricams would have helped us protect this pitch better?

The belay anchors on top of pitch 4 are literally 8 ft or so from the top of Lightning Ledge. You can walk off to the summit from there.
By Curtis Baird
Dec 26, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is my favorite route at Table so far. Hard to beet North Ridge but this one might do it. P1 is the most technical, but good pro. P2 felt like mostly easy terrain. P3 makes the climb, a great face with toms of exposer! P4 is good to, a little dirty, don't think the last pitch gets much traffic. An excellent route! A single rack is all that is needed. Rap rings on each pitch.
By Jason Spitzley
Jun 29, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Thought P1 was the only pitch worth doing. It is very possible we got off route because P3 did not "make the climb" or feel exposed.
By b.t.miller
From: Charlotte, NC
Aug 13, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

As mentioned if you're new to climbing Table (like we were) then finding this route is definitely challenging. Locate Peek-a-boo (easy to spot with three railroad ties that mark the scramble to Jim Dandy and PAB) -- Hidden Crack is climbers left of those routes. Turn around and walk back down trail to locate Tall Climb to Be Good On (finger crack with obvious bolt above small roof that caps the crack) and Hidden Crack is climbers right. Even after doing that, Hidden is still, well, pretty well hidden so it still took us a while to find the 30' scramble up to the small ledge.

If I could give the climb 2.5 stars instead of 2.0 stars, I would. P2 is a throw away with 5.0 slab to double bolts at the FAR right of the obvious tree ledge. On the other hand P1, P3 and P4 have adventure (some fun route finding) and fun movement. Worth doing for sure. P4 is a bit dirty but we thought it was fun. Last 40' of P4 doesn't have great protection but it's all 5.5 or less at that point. Up to and during the crux of P4 has adequate pro.
By Luke R 84
From: Georgia
Mar 11, 2016

Various sources list railroad ties as a landmark to find the base. It is not the first set on the trail, it is the second set, which are stairs/abutment leading to Jim Dandy/Peek-a-Boo, then ~ twenty feet to the left and up. As of March 2016, the belay anchor tree at the base was dead, but still solid.
By BJ Null
Sep 6, 2016

Wow, this route was great. We did this the day after doing the Mummy and everyone in our party agreed that this route was just as fun, if not better.

Steep blocky climbing with crack leads to steep face climbing on pitch 1. Sustained 5.7 for most of the pitch. Great fun pitch with good gear in the crack. Several bolts after the blocky section.

Pitch 2 is pretty boring, just leads up to the tree ledge

Thrilling pitch 3 around a corner with big exposure, then up a short steep section. This pitch is just as good as pitch 1. Several bolts in the steep sections.

Pitch 4 goes left and up a blocky headwall, although easier than pitch 3. This is a fun pitch although dirty. Pitch 4 tops out at the summit trail.

All in all a very fun route with good exposure, good climbing.

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