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Puppy Crack 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Rich Graziano on Apr 1, 2008

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Nice hand and finger crack. The crux is 15 feet or so off the deck. It's a great crack for teaching basic crack climbing technique.


It's a two minute walk south of the backcountry permit center. It's located on the northwest side at the very base of the dome.


Eats all kinds of pro (nuts, SLCDs, hexes, etc.) and there are stout natural anchors on top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Couple practicing lead climbing on the popular &qu...
Couple practicing lead climbing on the popular &qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: One of several stout natural anchors at top.
BETA PHOTO: One of several stout natural anchors at top.
Rock Climbing Photo: Puppy Crack  -Caesar Medina
Puppy Crack -Caesar Medina
Rock Climbing Photo: Puppy Crack
BETA PHOTO: Puppy Crack

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By Sasquach Broom
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 7, 2009

Would be GREAT if it were longer!
By Josh Cameron
From: California in my Mind
Aug 31, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Great intro. for beginner leaders to Tuolumne.
By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Sep 17, 2011

Easy to build a gear anchor. Trees get tired at crags like this from overuse. Given enough time there will be no trees. If you can use a gear anchor and walk off climber's left. Good climb and very well protected.
By Matt N
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 23, 2012

Lead to RIGHT of trees to save them rope wear! Also your top rope shouldn't run along them this way.
By Steven Wolpe
From: Ojai, CA
Aug 13, 2015

Great intro to climbing in Tuolumne. Really fun, but really short! Helped me get a feel for jamming.

No need to stress the trees, good placements for cams, just need to be extended.
By Larry Shaw 1
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 20, 2016

Great place for beginners to be introduced to crack technique, or trad leading. To bad it isn't longer.

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