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Middle S Crack 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c R [details]
FA: Dave Ohlson, John Lonne, 4/76
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Submitted By: Russ Walling on Jan 10, 2014

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The opening moves are a semi tough series of laybacks and pinches and advanced free climbing moves to gain the deep flaring slot in the middle of the pitch. Rest up in here and get ready for the crux top out. Keeping your last pro out of your hand slot is probably recommended. Interesting and sorta sequential moves will have you on the summit. Top anchor is a few pieces in the 1" to 2 1/2" range.
To top rope, bring a long extendo runner or something similar to extend to the lip.
I'd go a full three stars out of five on this rig. It is better than "good", but not "great".


The curving "S" shaped crack in the middle of the formation. The start is on some thin layaways just to the right of a cantaloupe shaped hole at groin level.

Descend to climbers left, over the back and down.


Small wires in suspect rock down low, followed by some good cams in the .5" to 3" range.

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By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Jan 10, 2014
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R

" advanced free climbing moves " I like it.... that was ME!!! Larger than cantaloupe (more basketball size) hole at the start seemed pretty key to reset into the crack. First third of the route is less than quality white grainy rock with foot holds that are ever changing. The wide slot yields no real jams until the top but plenty of liebacking which seems to be the theme of this route. Tough set of moves about 4 'down from summit...I'd go with sequential unless you're super strong (which I am not). Very good and worthy of two laps!

By Russ Walling
Jan 10, 2014

I agree with all of the above, but I was able to get a good rest in the flare, and could be damn near no hands if you have the leg power of a rodeo barrel racer. If I was leading this thing (which I'm not) I would shake out for a while at this rest before punching out the top moves. They are pretty powerful and will use up some of that gas in your tank.

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