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YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c Hueco: V3 Font: 6A

Type:  Trad, Boulder, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c Hueco: V3 Font: 6A [details]
FA: Mark Jacobs 1987 -- First Bouldered: Mike and Rusty Lewis 89?
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Submitted By: Mike Madsen on Dec 8, 2015

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The crux is down low, but it still feels a little ...

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Hydra-Crack is the prominent lie back crack feature on the formations north face. It was first climbed on a few pieces of sketchy gear by Mark Jacobs in 1987. Mark writes, " My last climbing season in the Black Hills wrapped-up in '87. Hydracrack near Baldy is a bookend of that era for me. Future climbers would leave the rope & rack behind on a route near the center of the bouldering wonderland they would explore & develop. I lead the route with a few pieces. A B1 problem to an 11a layback. If I had left behind the rope and pro, I might claim some connection to development of Rushmore bouldering. Or found the trailhead. But that remained for the next group of climbers."

This is a classic highball at Rushmore and would be a true classic if cleaned up and given some new TLC.


center of north face.


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