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YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Chris Vandiver, Royal Robbins
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Submitted By: Tristan Perry on Aug 28, 2007

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It is the next step after Orange Peel. This route is beautiful and bold. Make bouldery moves right off the ground using awkward holds. You can't place good protection until you've made it about 15 feet. Plug in your first piece, then keep swimming straight up into the perfect handcrack above. The climb overhangs consistently by a few degrees throughout. Arrive at the belay ledge above, and clip the chains. Whew!


This is the obvious handcrack on the steep, left side of Cracked Canyon.


Nuts and cams.

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By RiggerMortis
From: Albuquerque New Mexico
Mar 6, 2009

VERY scary start. I never managed to get over the crux near the bottom because the landing would be so ugly if you didn't make it. Pretty heavy commitment.
By fubar
From: Babylon
May 22, 2011

Great route, Royal! Bouldery start + sustained jamming = pump.
By Kevin Dahlstrom
From: Fort Worth, TX
Jul 28, 2016
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13

A proud lead. Unprotected V2-ish start followed by steep, sustained 5.10. To me that adds up to 5.11.

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