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Baby Back T 
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Cracked Rib T 
Dermatome  T 
Ergone  T,S 
Head T 
Left Rib--5.9 variation AKA Ergone T 
Left Route  S 
Plaque Attack T,TR 
Right Rib T,S 
Shark Attack T 
Shark Tooth T 
Spare Rib T,TR 
Spinal Block T 
Spinal Cracker T,TR 
Spinal Nerve T 
Spinal Tap T 
Undercling T 

Spinal Cracker 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b PG13

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b PG13 [details]
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Submitted By: Ted Smith on Feb 6, 2016

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Getting into easier terrain. First Ascent.

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Crux is from the start to about the middle of the climb when the jams get easier, bigger, and the feet get a bit better. There is some rock in the crack that could break loose with hard pulling in a certain direction, but with finesse, the climb is pretty solid--thus the PG-13 rating.


On the large block between Left and Right Rib just right of Spinal Block.


Finger-size to 3 or 4 inches near the top. One bolt at the base of the climb to assist getting safely into the protectable part of the crack. Can easily be top-roped by leading Backbone or rapping in from above.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cruising through on the first ascent.
Cruising through on the first ascent.
Rock Climbing Photo: Go-go nearing the anchor. Photo by Austin Runyon!
Go-go nearing the anchor. Photo by Austin Runyon!

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By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
May 8, 2016
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13

Some nice jamming on this one, but there is a flake that will pull off if it's pulled hard on. Reality is that you won't do that while climbing this and the pro is solid above and below, but it's a bit nerve wracking to have a creaking flake in the middle. Not sure why there's a bolt at the outset, though it does add to the comfort level of getting established in the crack -- not having the bolt would make it a more traditional McDowell Mtn type of climb (i.e. scary at the outset).

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