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Owl Crack 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: sirhctrebor on Dec 28, 2006

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The most right crack (actually two parallel cracks) of the Triple Cracks, Owl Crack climbs past a very small roof aiming left for a finish of finger crack and slab. A terrific climb for its grade.


Follow the green trail up to the Triple Cracks Sanctuary marked by three prominent cracks on the same wall. Owl Crack is the furthest right climb of the three identified by a small triangular roof.


Owl Crack requires a standard rack including hand sizes down low and nuts up top. Climb up and left to bolts above Grass Crack.

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By talkinrocks
From: Boulder, CO
May 24, 2009

Best route in the Triple Cracks. If the Boy Scouts would stop flailing all over it for hours, you may get a chance at leading this route. Pulling the roof isnt as hard as it looks from below. Solid jams above and below the "roof".
By Ken Tothero
Jul 7, 2011

Definitely my favorite crack climb at Enchanted Rock, if not my favorite climb in the park. Great hand crack/layback, followed by a fun roof move, then enjoyable thin flake to the top. A must do! It was also my first lead at the grade (and is, I think, a considerably easier lead than Middle Crack). You can bail out right after the roof if you've had enough. The upper flake definitely requires a bit more skill in placing gear. The lower crack section and the roof provide loads of bomber protection.
By Garth Magee
Aug 6, 2012

This one had a drunk solo by 1977 or 78, I am sure. Done by a friend out of his mind. He also took a ground bounce off Fear of Flying about the same time.
By Ky Harkey
Mar 26, 2013

Best to set an anchor on the huge rock horn at the top of the face (long cord required) for top-roping Middle, Owl and Becky's crack. Grass crack anchors are too far left for these routes, but make a good rap station after some down-climbing from the horn.
By Curly Zach
Feb 17, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

great hand size cracks. crux is getting established, tough on the right knee. nice sequence through the roof. once above, I went right and built an anchor about 35 feet up. killer crack for the grade!
By NEKlimb
Jan 27, 2017

When it says go left to the anchors it means it. Didn't notice it at first but follow some hollow sounding flakes left on easy ground to get to the grass crack anchors. You can protect the traverse pretty well if you take your time. Great climb

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