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Pandora's Box has Cracked 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 55'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Harper and Thomas, '97
New Route: Yes
Season: summer
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Submitted By: Skip Harper on Oct 14, 2014

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Nearing the top of the twin cracks.

Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 MORE INFO >>>


The box cracked and created a highly varied and entertaining climb, but first you've got to get inside the box to find it. See photo 'entrance to Hallway A'.

Locate the entrance to Hallway A (Also shown on both Figs 1 and 2), downclimb about 8 feet to the 'floor', and head eastward in the corridor. You'll see something like the photo (minus the climber) straight ahead. Start up towards the blue sky about 55' above, negotiating 2 consecutive small roofs, top out, and belay on gear.

The descent is from any of the anchor sets placed on top of the formation.


It is inside Hallway A (red #2)... see Number 2 on Figures 1 and 2.


Take along full rack (belay on gear).

Photos of Pandora's Box has Cracked Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Zach Keeney working through the crux section.
Zach Keeney working through the crux section.
Rock Climbing Photo: Entrance to Hallway A.
BETA PHOTO: Entrance to Hallway A.
Rock Climbing Photo: FIGURE 2 showing location of Hallway A.
BETA PHOTO: FIGURE 2 showing location of Hallway A.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber on 'Pandora'.
Climber on 'Pandora'.

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By Jake Dickerson
From: Lander, WY
Sep 27, 2015
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

This climb is awesome! One of my favorites at the Maze.
From: Wherever we park!
Jun 6, 2016

Maybe I'm just being over cautious, but after the first roof, I knocked on the flake that forms the two cracks to the top, and it sounded horribly hollow and detached for Woo granite. I downaided and bailed rather than risk riding that thing into my belayer.
By Zach Keeney
From: Cheyenne, WY
Oct 2, 2016
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

If you tap on the overhanging detached flake, it sounds like a drum. The gear is a little scary at the bottom of the flake but improves higher up.

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